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Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'Pole Cat Peas'

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Bush

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

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

Regional

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

Augusta, Georgia

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 26, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A very productive pea that has growth reminiscent of blackeyes and White Acre. Peas are mottle black on white. Tend to thicken soup more than a blackeye.