Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'Clay'

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Bush

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 3, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This pea was a staple of the southern armies during the American Civil War in the 1860's. Tasty peas are the earthy color of clay.
Actually they are sold by several feed and seeds here. Popular as a field pea. Tasty, but small and tedious to shell.