Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea 'Tohono O'odham Blackeye'

Vigna unguiculata

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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Full Sun


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Jonesville, South Carolina

Logan, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


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. (I found this is pretty true with other cowpeas as I've tried more) Quite productive. Great as green beans too. I used black plastic to increase soil temps. I think the SC person probably had bad luck because of humidity - these like drier weather (or at least they liked the 20 percent or less here), other cowpeas may have failed for me because of the opposite = too dry here. And, these tolerate alkaline soils - which is not the case with many cowpeas.


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.