PlantsSouthern Peas→Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata 'Sea Island Red')

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Heredity: Open Pollinated
Country of Origin: Africa
Days to harvest: 65-75 days

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Fruit: Edible to birds
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on May 24, 2021 1:49 PM

This variety dates back to the 17th century settlers of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Maintained by the Gullah - Geechee communities until the present. Its emergence back into the mainstream has been accelerated by the slow food movement. Hope to give it a trial this year. Updated September 1. This is a vining plant to extreme. It runs all over the place. Very long season. Not doing much as far as yield. All vine and few peas to this point. Peas are pretty standard field peas, flavor does not stand out from the crowd.

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