Sugar Magnolia Snap Pea Seeds

This packet sows up to 6 feet.
4.2307692307692 out of 5 stars
(26 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Wow, a purple snap pea, tender and delicious! 'Sugar Magnolia' isn't just a famous Grateful Dead song, it is also a beautiful, fine-flavored, edible-pod pea with purple flowers. Long hypertendrils (vigorous, multi-branching tendrils) act as extra sturdy supports for 6'-7' vining plants, creating an airy structure that helps prevent mildew. Some of these open-pollinated peas may be speckled with green, or be fully green.
$4.29 14 grams (~39 seeds)

Botanical Name: Pisum sativum var. macrocarpum

Days to Maturity: 70 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Western Asia, Europe, and North Africa

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 6'–7' vines

Variety Information: 3"–4" purple pods. 'Sugar Magnolia' is a cross between 'Parsley Bush' pea and 'Purple Podded' vining pea.

Type: Snap pea

Attributes: Long Vines

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–80°F and again 10 to 12 weeks before your average first frost date. In Mild Climates, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest. Best grown in temperatures less than 85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 2"

Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart

Thinning: Not required.

Harvesting: Snap peas should be harvested when peas are plump; pick regularly to increase yield. Use scissors to harvest or hold vine with one hand and pick the pods with the other; vines are fragile.

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Sugar Magnolia Snap Pea Seeds Reviews

26 reviews

Best Snap Peas Ever!

5 out of 5 stars Mar 16, 2019
Beautiful plants - foliage, flowers and peas. Every single pea from the Botanical Interests pack germinated in 2018 and the gorgeous purple pods with their tender green peas were so tasty! If they weren't so prolific, none would have made it out of the garden to the table, because they were our favorite "gardening snacks"!
Cathy Forbes from MD

beautiful plant

5 out of 5 stars Aug 2, 2019
I highly recommend this pea variety. They are both sweet and beautiful. They did grow to 7 feet so be prepared. I try a new varieties of plants each year. This was the first year growing this variety of peas and this will now be a yearly plant in my garden.
Lori from PA

Amazing purple peas

5 out of 5 stars May 6, 2020
I first bought these when my daughter was in her "only eat purple vegetables" phase & I'm so glad that I did! Now her complaint is that it takes me " forever" to harvest them all, as a dozen plants takes me a half hour to pick, twice a week. They have outperformed any other pea I've ever grown, by far. The plants are now taller than me, so tall that there are some peas I can't possibly reach. Incredible! You've got to try these amazing purple peas!
marisa dipaola from NJ

Incredibly Easy and Prolific

5 out of 5 stars May 26, 2020
I wish I could put a photo here--these were such a joy to grow! Growing in Nashville -- planted on March 8th on a 7-foot trellis. Flowered on May 10. It's May 26 and I have about 50 peas ready to harvest. Beautiful pink and purple flowers, bright purple pods, large bright green peas; delicious. My only complaint is that the vines are way taller than my trellis - at least 3' taller and they've started to fall because they are so heavy. I thought the 7' trellis would be enough... nope!
Heather Neisen from TN

beautiful, delicious and stands up to heat

5 out of 5 stars Jun 11, 2020
This is my second year growing these peas. The lovely flowers, vivid color, great taste and strong yield are great points. Add to that how well they hold up in our desert heat, and this is a winner. This year I planted 2 other green varieties at the same time. At June 11, the others have faded, but these Sugar Magnolias are still producing generously. They are now garden staple for me.
Nancy Singham from NM

Best Peas

5 out of 5 stars Jun 28, 2020
I've grown these in the fall and spring in zone 6b. They are amazing! They are beautiful and the purple pods make them easy to spot when harvesting. These got up to 8ft tall so be prepared with a great trellis. I planted these with green snap peas which stayed shorter and matured faster. It allowed for an extended season of peas with the multiple colors. Highly recommend, very easy to grow.
Jessica from MO

Great but only one plant produced purple pods, the rest were green!

4 out of 5 stars Jun 30, 2020
These peas are fantastic! They sprouted fast, the vines are nice. They grow fast. The only thing I was sad about was that out of all of them that I planted only 1 created purple pods. The rest of the plants created solid green pods. They taste amazing but I really wanted the purple ones!
Victoria Kellogg from MI
Owner Response: Uh oh! This cultivar does give some green or blotched peas but you should see mostly purple. We apologize--a customer service agent will be with you soon to help.

tasty but way too tiny

2 out of 5 stars Jul 23, 2020
These sprouted and grew well but pods were only 3/4" to 1 1/4" with 2-3 normal size peas in each pod. I expected 3"-4" pods. When pods first formed I left them figuring they would get longer, but they only got fatter. Other snow and snap varieties planted in same conditions and time produced as expected. A gardener friend who planted hers a few weeks earlier than I had the same midget results. Any suggestions for better result if I plant the rest of the seeds for a fall crop?
Lynda Raymond from WA
Owner Response: Hi Lynda, Thanks for sharing your experience. This is the first complaint we have had about small pods fo this product and has not been my personal experience either. Some common places to start is to add inoculant for better production and also consider a soil test. Phosphorus drives flowering and subsequent fruiting and there could be a deficit or the soil could be more heavily nitrogenated with assists plants with gree growth, but especially in peas (which make their own nitrogen) it can overwhelm and cause a concentration of green growth over fruiting and flowering. I hope this helps. enjoy your fall garden!

my new favorite pea

5 out of 5 stars Jul 24, 2020
I have been growing peas for 20 years and this is disease resistant, extremely productive and it looks beautiful
lori bigi from PA


5 out of 5 stars Sep 26, 2020
I purchased these seeds on a lark, and they were amazing! They grew taller, and produced more than the green snap peas. They were delicious as well!
Heather Michalak from CO

Easiest & Prettiest Snap Pea To Grow

5 out of 5 stars Dec 21, 2020
I had no problem with the germination of the Sugar Magnolia Snap Pea seeds. They came up tall and with a beautiful purple flower. They were tasty as well. I used old tomato cages to support them. Our county extension agent took note of the beauty of the plants when she came over for an inspection. I sell at our local farmers' market and brought some to sell. They did not sell well although people noted the unusual color. I don't think it was the product quality, I think it may have been due to the type of product it was unlike tomatoes and corn which customers can't seem to get enough of. Also, due to the Covid pandemic, vendors were not allowed to do sampling at the market.
Constance Sandrock from KY


4 out of 5 stars Jan 27, 2021
Good germination rate, mine did best with transplants not direct seeded, beautiful flowers and purple pods all winter in 8b and we even had snow 3 times. Still enjoying the show ;)
Tamra L Rowe from TX

huge plants but poor pea quality

1 out of 5 stars Feb 28, 2021
I love Bottanical Interests and have had good luck with most of their seeds. These were a huge disappointment. I planted a lot of them, along with other pea varieties. The plants grew HUGE (maybe as high as 12-14 feet!) and flowered a lot but the peas themselves are tiny, thin, and bitter. My other peas are bountiful. These were a big disappointment.
Elizabeth from CA
Owner Response: Elizabeth, We are sorry you were disappointed with this product. If plants are grown in high heat (even the difference of being beside a warm wall) or an abundance of nitrogen it will impact pea productions and quality. Inoculant can be quite helpful to improve yields in an area peas have not been grown recently also. We sure hope you will try this customer favorite again. Happy gardening!

Solid performance

4 out of 5 stars Mar 6, 2021
Good looking, good tasting, easy to grow and did not give me any trouble. Plants grew as tall as the supports would allow, then piled on a few feet higher than that. There must have been a different variety mixed in in the packet, though, since a few pods were popping out a clear, clean green, not so much as a hint of purple mottling. The purple peas themselves were very pretty, deeply and solidly colored, and remained so after cooking.
Jo from CA
Owner Response: Hi Jo, Thanks for taking the take the share your experience. This open-pollinated variety does give various results in pod color, including green. Happy gardening!


5 out of 5 stars Mar 19, 2021
I planted these along a fence at the beginning of November (zone 10b) and they are growing like crazy. They have overshot the 6 foot fence - next year I am going to winter crop these on my higher tomato trellis. The pea pods are SO yummy. I can see why this variety sells out. Recommended.
Dave Michmerhuizen from CA

Good Germination, Strong Plants

5 out of 5 stars Jun 8, 2021
This was my first time planting peas and these have been growing beautifully. I soaked my seeds for 24 hours prior, and had very fast germination, upwards of 90% or more. Its been very warm so still waiting for these to flower, but so far have really enjoyed these. Can't wait for those cute purple pods to show up!
Alicia from WI

High germination, so flowers

3 out of 5 stars Dec 14, 2021
I planted these early in September, I think 100% came up. They are now, 3 months later and about 3ft tall. In 7b. Not a single flower. Sad. However, they have survived all the light freezes we've had, so I am hoping they will live till spring and have a jump start on actually producing. Keeping my hopes up, since I planted the entire package and have none to try again later left. Live and learn... They look healthy, just no blooms. Fertilizer was goat berries.
Sally from AR
Owner Response: Hi Sally, Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like these seeds performed well for you with good germination. Peas and other legumes produce their own nitrogen and an excess of nitrogen causes these plant to produce green growth over flowering. Th combination of goat manure being high in nitrogen and the shorter days of fall will delay flowering. We are always happy to troubleshoot growing issues, feel free to contact us. Happy gardening!

Not all purple

3 out of 5 stars Jan 1, 2022
I was under the impression that all the pods would be purple or speckled purple. I have half purple pods and pure green pods on the same plant! And a few of the vines are producing all green pods.
Lisa from TX
Owner Response: Hi Lisa, We are sorry these weren't as purple as expected. A customer service agent will be emailing you to help.

Mix of purple and green pods

4 out of 5 stars Jan 30, 2022
Grew this variety in 2021 fall after purchasing seeds from BotanicalInterests, it's prolific and grew really tall, but the pods are all not purple. I got a mix of green and purple pods, otherwise it's great.
Fleming from CA

100% germination

5 out of 5 stars Mar 24, 2022
Planted these 2 weeks ago, I am zone 7b. Every single pea is over an inch tall and doing great.
Kelly from AR

Fast growing and pretty

4 out of 5 stars Apr 21, 2022
I grew these last late summer / fall in my zone 5a garden. They quickly grew to 6+ feet and the purple pods were pretty easy to find in the leaves and vines. I did have a couple of green pods as well. I didn't find the pods or peas very tasty, but this may be because the peas would prefer to be a spring rather than fall crop. I don't have space to grow them this spring, but hopefully next year I'll try again.
Eva from WI

A+ for aesthetics, C- for consumption

3 out of 5 stars Apr 22, 2022
Planted these alongside traditional sugar snaps. While they produced gorgeous blooms and grew well, they were, frankly, just not particularly tasty. A bit tougher and "grainier" than the regular sugar snaps (which were delicious). Vines easily grew 6+ feet and would've probably kept going had the trellis been tall enough. Can't really recommend growing these for a vegetable garden, but perhaps they'd work as an ornamental variety?
Charles from AZ

Great and pretty peas

4 out of 5 stars Aug 7, 2022
I'd love to have more of these. They have beautiful purple flowers and purple pods and the peas are sweet. If only the critter population hadn't kept either digging up roots or snipping the vines. They also dug up all my sweet corn and most of my beans this year, too. Will be planting these again.
Kim from PA

Beautiful Plant and Delicious Peas

5 out of 5 stars Nov 20, 2022
I grew 2 packs of the Sugar Magnolia Peas this past spring of 2022 in both hanging baskets and containers with trellises. All of my seeds successfully germinated and out of 2 packs only 2 plants failed possibly due to crowding. The others went on to produce beautiful flowers and pea pods. Overall, they made beautiful hanging baskets and produced a fair amount of delicious purple pea pods. I highly recommend this variety- it's an incredible display and tasty pea variety.
Naran from MD

Attractive looking, not very large pods

4 out of 5 stars Dec 25, 2022
The seeds had a good germination rate and grew just fine. I just don't think the pods are large enough or sweet enough when compared with other varieties. I appreciated the fun of growing purple pods and having the purple flowers on the vines, but the small size of the pods means I will be growing other, larger sized and green varieties in 2023.
Carly from WA

Hardy to 27 degrees

5 out of 5 stars Feb 12, 2023
I was pleasantly surprised that these plants survived a 27 degree freeze (covered with just plastic bags) I couldn't cover them with my tarp because that would mean ripping all the tendrils out from the trellises--so I took the risk thinking the worst but they did survive & are growing atm.
Ramesses from TX

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