Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'Black Crowder'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Crowder
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

Bloom Color:

Purple

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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

Regional

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

Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)

Heflin, Louisiana

Lucedale, Mississippi

Jonesville, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 3, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am very pleased with this crowder pea. I have grown it every year for the past five years and save my seed each year. They produce very well and they are excellent for eating. This variety will not be sold in stores around here. Luckily, a friend of my grandmother gave her some seed five years ago. They are my wife's favorite crowder pea.

Positive

On Oct 27, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This cultivar grows as a large bushy plant with the peas set at the top. Pods are medium large, well filled with shiny black peas of good flavor. As my neighbors like to say, "You growing any of those peas that make their own gravy?" Even at the green shell stage they tend to make a black soup although the peas hold their shape. It is more bush than a climbing pea.