Here are the high climbers. Using threadlike tendrils, these guys climb fencing, netting, poles, and bear over longer periods of time than bush peas- making them perfect for home gardeners.
How do pea tendrils actually work? Now this is quite fascinating. As the pole pea grows, it sends out its tiny tendrils that at first are more or less straight. When the plant "senses" the presence of something it might grab onto, such as the rung of a fence, it tells the cells of on the side opposite that rung to elongate, thus curving the tendril around the fence. Read more about this at our How do pole peas work? blog post.