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Vigna unguiculata 'Haricot Rouge de Burkino Faso'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Haricot Rouge de Burkino Faso

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days
71 to 80 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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TheQueenBee On Aug 28, 2010, TheQueenBee from Momence, IL wrote:

This is another one of those very prolific tiny peas from Africa that grow extremely well with very high yields. These seeds were grown in a sandy area on a parcel I plant cowpeas on, and mulched with straw. The only water they received was rain. There was too much rain the first part of the year and a drought the second half. These peas out yielded all of my other cowpeas (except Gray Speckled Palapye cowpea) at my home garden that were pampered all summer. I only used liquid seaweed to foliar feed the seedlings.

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

An heirloom from Burkina-Faso, West Africa. Very colorful red-purple pods with deep red seeds. This beautiful variety produces well in extreme conditions. Rare!


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

Hopkins Park, Illinois
Kankakee, Illinois
Momence, Illinois
Mountain View, Missouri
Boise City, Oklahoma

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