It was a banner spring for peas here in northern Utah but these simply could not make the cut. The vines are pretty and productive and the flowers attractive but the peas themselves were very fibrous at all stages and not very sweet. I grew wonderful Sugar Ann, Green Arrow, Oregon Giant Sugar and Super Sugar. Opal Creek was just so so but grew and produced very well.
This is a fun pea variant to try. I'm not certain it's been bred to true or maybe there were a couple of rogue seeds as several plants were putting out peas that were green and appeared to be snow peas in nature. The taste is good as a snap pea if you pick young. I wouldn't recommend this as a shelling pea if only because it will turn your fingers purple when you strip out the peas!
These grew vigorously and produced plentifully, but the flavor was not great, and they aren't that tender, getting tough and losing flavor quite quickly unless picked about 2-3 days prior to when I'd normally harvest snap peas. These are, however, gorgeous!, so I love them aesthetically and will continue to grow a few in my patch, but there's also no guarantee they will be purple, or have climbers. Some have a mess of tiny leaves instead of tendrils inhibiting their ability to climb, and about 20% were green snap peas (a bit disappointing, but more tender and sweeter than the purple). This year, as an ornamental, I grew only two, and one was green.
Planted in April in pnw. 7+ feet tall by the end of May. I picked these because I always have a hard time finding all the peas on the vine. Out of the 12 plants I have two are producing green pods instead. They also are the tallest of all the plants. Maybe a bit of hybrid vigor? As for the extra tendrils, I think the get woody too quickly to really enjoy in salads. Flowers and pods are quite beautiful though. The peas dont cleanly snap off their stem like they do on other peas and are a bit stringy at the top.
Podcuction was good especially for the heat we have in Alabama. Has showy flowers that are nice to look at before pods appear. Gave it three stars due to the flavor which I did not like at all. They were almost inky in flavor and a bit bitter. I much prefer green, sugar snap peas.