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Vigna unguiculata 'Tohono O'odham 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: Tohono O'odham Blackeye

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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 lokidog On Jun 24, 2014, lokidog from Logan, UT wrote:

One of the few that did well here. Was a bush type, though some say it's a pole? Maybe it'll grow bigger if there is support or more time. Quite productive. Great as green beans too. I used black plastic to increase soil temps.

Neutral lssfishhunter On Dec 16, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

The only reason that I gave this variety a neutral is because they didn't produce nearly as much as the other crowder pea types that I grow. They put on a tad bit earlier than my other varieties but were dead or dying very quickly compared to the others in my garden. However, the taste was exceptional.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Jonesville, South Carolina
Logan, Utah

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