(Vigna unguiculata) Very easy to grow, colorful, and tasty. Cowpeas are popular in the Southern US, Africa, and Asia. They originated in Africa, and tolerate heat, drought and humidity much better than common beans do. They are great picked young for use as green snap beans, and stir-fried or boiled. They also make a great cover crop, sown in spring or summer and tilled into the soil when flowers begin to appear. Plant seeds about an inch deep after frosts have ceased and soil is warm. Most types “run,” meaning they grow long vines, and so 3-5 feet should be allowed between rows.


Clay Cowpea CW102

This pea was a staple of the Southern armies during the American Civil... Read More

Carrapichio Cowpea CW130

Good yields of khaki-colored peas and long pods. An attractive pea that... Read More

California Blackeye Pea Cowpea CW108

70 days. An old standard variety; vigorous, high-yielding vines. Thomas... Read More

Bohemian Cowpea CW139

75 days. This heirloom was brought to America by immigrants from Prague... Read More
Atchafalya Swamp Pea

Atchafalaya Swamp Pea CW165

The Atchafalaya Swamp Pea was selected decades ago by Blaine Bourgeois... Read More
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