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Vigna unguiculata 'Blue Goose'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Goose
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gray Crowder, Grey Crowder)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lssfishhunter On Dec 16, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

These peas are a little smaller than other varieties. They produce really well and taste a little stronger than some varieties but I like them.

Positive melody On Jan 23, 2003, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

An old variety pre-dating 1800.First mentioned in documents from Jamacia.

The information I had on these said vines up to 36",but mine grew over 6 feet and climbed just like a pole bean.I'm not sure what is normal,but prepare for more vines than the 36".

A good cowpea that cooks up with a nutty flavor.It has a dark pot liquor and is quite tasty with ham hock and cornbread.

The Grey Crowder is also known as Blue Goose. This is a very old
variety.They make a brown pot liquor and are a very nutty tasting pea.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Benton, Kentucky
Jonesville, South Carolina

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