Austrian Winter Peas - Raw Seed

Very Cold Tolerant Legume

Item Number: SCL800


In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.


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Pisum arvense Cool season legume cover crop.

Ground-hugging pea germinates and grows in cooler soils than most legumes and withstands temperatures to 10°F.

  • Application Rate: 2-4 lb/1000 sq ft or 70-120 lb/acre
  • Inoculant: Pea-Vetch or Garden Combination inoculant (sold separately)
  • Germination: 5-10 Days
  • Plant Height: 3' (if supported)
  • Uses: Good weed competitor, does well in heavy soils, and fixes 70-125 lb of Nitrogen/acre, attracts beneficial insects to the growing area at the start of the season. Good protein source in forage mixtures.
  • Facts to Note: In most areas, sow in early-mid fall on well-drained soil. Matures early (April in warm areas)


  • Adds Significant Organic Matter
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Cold Hardy, Down to 25°F
  • Germination in Soils < 45°F
  • Good for Forage/Hay
  • Good for Weed Competition
  • Loosens Heavy Soils
  • Provides Quick Growth
  • Tolerates Mowing/Grazing


Life Cycle Annual Plant Height Mid-height, 13-36"
Planting Time Fall Seed Variety Single
Life Cycle Annual
Plant Height Mid-height, 13-36"
Planting Time Fall
Seed Variety Single

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Shipping Information

Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs. Dimensions: 8"L x 5"W x 1.5"H



Grew this as cover crop 2 winters ago. Visitors to my garden were collecting greens for salads. I had so many greens that I dried and powdered, put in everything.

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Quick to germinate and hardy so far (Excellent customer service too)

I was pretty late getting in a fall cover crop this year, but thought I'd still give these Austrian peas a chance in our office vegetable garden here in Flagstaff, AZ. Despite a couple freezes, windy days, and generally cold nights in the upper 30's, these peas germinated in about a week. They're a couple inches tall after 2 weeks, and I'm excited to see how much growth they can put on before nighttime temperatures hit the low 20's.

I really appreciate all the educational readings and videos offered by Peaceful Valley Farms. They made learning about and then educating other folks about cover crops so much easier. I also appreciate the quick shipping for seeds, especially because I was on the late side of planting them!

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Great Cover Crop

I took a chance on this last winter and loved it. It was low growing and extremely hardy - handled zero degrees a couple nights with no problem. Very easy to remove or till under in the spring. We used the tender leaves for salads (great all winter). Also loved the cute white and pink flowers.

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