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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

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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

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Sherilou 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.

Positive Farmerdill 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.


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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