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Cow Pea, Cowpea, Southern Pea
Vigna unguiculata 'Zipper Cream'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Zipper Cream
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24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Bright Yellow

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


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


Cottondale, Alabama

West Fork, Arkansas

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Laurel Hill, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Heflin, Louisiana

Lucedale, Mississippi

Valley Park, Mississippi

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Pikeville, Tennessee

Elgin, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 11, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I found that Zipper Cream Southern Peas taste like strong-falavored English Peas when cooked (and they definitely need to be cooked). The main bush is compact, but it has long, invasive runner vines. It's tolerant of high heat and humidity and will produce peas for you in the heat of summer.


On Dec 19, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is an excellent southern pea. Grows and yields well. The pods are medium with medium size peas that are easy to pick and shell. Peas are pale green and hold the greenish color when cooked. They do not make the colored broth of crowder or blackeye types but have thier own distinct flavor. Delicious especially as a change from other peas.