(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.

Atchafalya Swamp Pea

Atchafalaya Swamp Pea CW165

The Atchafalaya Swamp Pea was selected decades ago by Blaine Bourgeois... Read More
Deliah's delight Cowpea

Deliah's Delight Cowpea, Vigna unguiculata JS229

This is an extraordinarily productive and resistant variety bred by the... Read More
Hog Brains Cowpea

Hog Brains Cowpea CW164

These blocky-shaped cowpeas are two-toned with cream and deep brown-red... Read More
Coat and Jacket Cowpea

Coat and Jacket Cowpea CW163

Seeds are two-toned with with deep brown-red and cream coloring. This... Read More

Black Crowder Cowpea CW104

Very long pods give huge yields of beautiful purple peas that turn black... Read More

Red Ripper Cowpea CW106

90 days. Large running vines yield 12” to 14” pods that are loaded with... Read More

Mayo Colima Cowpea CW134

80 days. Mixed-color peas, gray, gray-mottled, or orange/tan mottled. Seed... Read More

Whippoorwill Cowpea CW161

This variety was for decades the standard Southern pea, and was grown by... Read More

Ozark Razorback Cowpea CW148

90 days. The most beautiful pea we grow; the peas are mottled half white... Read More

Mitchell Family Cream Pea Cowpea CW160

These white peas have been in the Mitchell family for over a century.... Read More

Lady Pea Cowpea CW136

80 days. The tiny and popular, yet hard-to-find, white “lady pea.” They... Read More

Bohemian Cowpea CW139

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

Red Eye Pea Cowpea CW158

An historic Kentucky variety, having been grown in south-central Kentucky... Read More
Shanty Pea Cowpea

Shanty Pea Cowpea CW157

South Carolina heirloom produces peas in varying shades of tan, on vines... Read More

Red Bisbee Cowpea CW156

Long pods, brick-red to brown seeds. Thrives in heat. Original seed said... Read More

White Whippoorwill Cowpea CW155

We at last have the hard-to-find, white-seeded Whippoorwill. Plants produce... Read More

Running Conch Cowpea CW154

Good yields of small, delicious cream-colored peas, one of the parent varieties... Read More

Piggott Family Heirloom Cowpea CW153

A Louisiana variety that has been in the Pigott family, Washington Parish,... Read More

Monkey Tail Cowpea CW147

Hardy, rambling vines produce extra-long pods with unusual cocoa/tan-colored... Read More

Six-Week Purple Hull Cowpea CW145

An early Pink Eye, Purple Hull type, produces lots of tasty cream-colored... Read More

Green Eyed Pea Cowpea CW143

Very rare, Missouri heirloom is larger than the standard Blackeye pea.... Read More
Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea

Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea CW138

Short, bush plants produce colorful, purple, 7-inch pods that are filled... Read More
Turkey Craw Cowpea

Turkey Craw Cowpea CW133

Vining, old-fashioned variety that produces delicious maroon and white... Read More

Carrapichio Cowpea CW130

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