Originated in England and introduced in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Several strains of Tom Thumb peas have existed and over time further reductions in height and advances in earliness were achieved. At 8" tall this is the best dwarf pea for container gardening. Plants are able to withstand hard frosts. Shell, 50-55 days.
This crop does not transplant well so make sure to direct seed in your garden as soon as the soil can be worked (about 2 weeks before the last expected frost date).
As this plant grows it may need support in the form of a trellis to keep the vines off the ground. You won't need to fertilize this crop in order to get a healthy yield.