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PlantFiles: Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'Pinkeye Purple Hull'

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

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral oldjenx On Aug 8, 2004, oldjenx from Scottsville, KY wrote:

Will cross redily with other cow peas. My wife says the cross tastes better.

Positive Horseshoe On May 19, 2004, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful to grow! (And EAT!) I can't imagine having a garden and not growing purple hulls.

As you can see by one of the pictures above they easily find a place nestled in with other garden crops (in this case tomatoes to their left and peppers to their right)!
They are considered "climbers" by some folks but as you can see they sprawl rather nicely, eh?

Very pretty plant, not bothered by many insects, abundant harvest and delicious! Can be stored as a dry bean or easily processed (canned or frozen)!

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 10, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The version of this cowpea that I grow is not a rampant climber. I use it as a bush pea although it will run a couple of feet on occasion. Vines are larger than most of the Blackeyes but peas are very similar except that the eyes are pink instead of black. Hulls turn purple at the green shell stages making them easy to pick. Down side if you donn't have a mechanical sheller is that the purple color comes off on your hands when shelling.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Fairhope, Alabama
Madison, Alabama
Lutz, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Kankakee, Illinois
Pembroke Twp, Illinois
Scottsville, Kentucky
Heflin, Louisiana
Laurel, Mississippi
Efland, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Lafayette, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Radford, Virginia

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