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When I stopped out at the garden the other day, I was very excited to see my peas starting to flower. This variety is called Kent Blue – it’s an heirloom variety that traces back to Kent, England, and has been grown there for over 70 years. (Thanks to SSE member OR ST A, who sent me the seeds)! It has flowers that start as a purple color, then turn to blue as they mature. From the purple color on the leaf axils and flowers, it’s evident that this variety caries the A gene which allows the plant to synthesize the anthocyanin pigment, which allows it to produce purple, red, and blue colors. It may be interesting to cross breed this variety with some of my other peas. I’ll post more photos as they continue to grow.

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