Pisum sativum ‘Bijou’

Mangetout pea

  • Botanical name: Pisum sativum 'Bijou'
  • Common name: Mangetout pea
  • Family: Papilionaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Mangetout peas have become a popular alternative to standard shelling varieties. They are grown in the same way, but harvested while the pods are still flat and the peas inside barely visible. Mangetout pea plants are very hardy, and may be sown in autumn to overwinter and provide early pickings the following spring. Crops remain usable for several weeks before the peas eventually swell and make the pods coarse and fibrous. Mangetout peas are perfect for eating raw in salads or steamed or stir-fried.


Pisum sativum ‘Bijou’ is a rare heirloom pea dating back to the 1800s, which bears enormous pods up to 18cm long. Pods are sweet and juicy and may be eaten raw or cooked. 

How to grow Pisum 'Bijou'

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    25cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Harvest in January

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Pisum 'Bijou' and wildlife

Pisum 'Bijou' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Pisum 'Bijou' poisonous?

Pisum 'Bijou' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Pisum 'Bijou'