Spring 2018 Seed Shop: ‘King Tut Purple’ Pea, ‘Luxury Lace’ Daylily, and More

 Discover the freshest heirloom releases of spring 2018, just in time for planting.

Spring 2018
By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

rare purple garden pea

‘King Tut Purple’ Pea

A rare garden pea with quite the story, the seeds of this cultivar are rumored to have been taken out of the tomb of famed Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, where they had been undisturbed for thousands of years, until Howard Carter found the tomb in 1922. From there, the legend goes, the seeds were taken to England, where they were propagated and shared with friends. Others posit that ‘King Tut Purple’ originated on the country estate of Lord Carnarvon, the financier of Carter’s search for Tutankhamen’s tomb, and that it was named in honor of Carnarvon’s involvement in the discovery rather than for the seeds’ origin. However, experts agree that the most likely scenario is that the seeds originated in English gardens in the early 20th century. Regardless, this highly productive cultivar makes a delicious soup pea when mature or purple snow pea when picked young.

$4.00 for 25 seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

colorful brussel spout