(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.

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Blue Goose Cowpea

Blue Goose Cowpea CW103

The 36” vines produce purple-gray peas with up to 20 in a pod! A rare... Read More
California Blackeye Pea Cowpea

California Blackeye Pea Cowpea CW108

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

Clay Cowpea CW102

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

Hog Brains Cowpea CW164

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

Holstein Cowpea CW101

Very unique, this pea is mottled half black and half white, just like... Read More
Mitchell Family Cream Pea Cowpea

Mitchell Family Cream Pea Cowpea CW160

These white peas have been in the Mitchell family for over a century. Originating... 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
Ozark Razorback Cowpea

Ozark Razorback Cowpea CW148

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

Purple Hull Pinkeye Cowpea CW109

A preferred variety of many Southerners, it has delicious flavor. Hulls... Read More
Sea Island Pea

Sea Island Pea CW167

Superb Southern pea from coastal Carolina, especially popular in traditional... Read More
Six-Week Purple Hull Cowpea

Six-Week Purple Hull Cowpea CW145

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

Whippoorwill Cowpea CW161

This variety was for decades the standard Southern pea and was grown by... Read More
White Whippoorwill Cowpea

White Whippoorwill Cowpea CW155

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