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PlantFiles: Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'Queen Anne Blackeye'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Queen Anne Blackeye
Hybridized by Virginia Truck Experimental Station

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MustafaMc On Jul 12, 2011, MustafaMc from Leland, MS wrote:

This is a very good cowpea for our area. It is a good producer and is easy to pick with most of the production on top of the plant.

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

This is a small blackeye pea; it has a bushy vine with good topset and very easy to pick. Peas are good eating, used to be served widely in Morrison cafeterias. For home or fresh use, without mechanical shellers, the peas are just too small and tedious to shell. A similar variety is Princess Anne.


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

Leland, Mississippi
Radford, Virginia

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