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Vigna unguiculata 'Lady Pea'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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 30, 2010, TheQueenBee from Momence, IL wrote:

I love growing these peas! They take a licking and just keep on pumping out the peas! They taste great and are easy to shell dry, but not so easy fresh, but worth it.
I love to cook them with Louisiana purple hulls, brown crowders, speckled butterbeans, and christmas lima's all together with smoked turkey necks. That's the best bean dish in the world!
Anyway, they take dry conditions very well, and love to be foliar fed with liquid seaweed and fish emulsion as soon as they emerge from the soil, and every 7 days if you can find the time.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 18, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A small white pea. Too small for a good shellie. White acre is much better for that purpose. Good as a dried pea. Drys extremely fast and pops open on touch.


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

North Port, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Hopkins Park, Illinois
Kankakee, Illinois
Momence, Illinois

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