Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'White Whippoorwill'

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Bush

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

61 to 70 days

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:

Hopkins Park, Illinois

Momence, Illinois

Pembroke Twp, Illinois

Monroe, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 3, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Plants produce loads of these creamy-white peas that are great picked young and stir-fried or harvested when dry for soup. An old Southern heirloom.