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Arachis hypogaea

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arachis (a-RAK-is) (Info)
Species: hypogaea (hy-poh-JEE-uh) (Info)

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral plantladylin On Oct 1, 2010, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I always put peanuts in the feeders for the Blue Jays and Squirrels, and a few days ago while walking through the backyard I noticed this little plant growing up in the lawn. I thought it was Desmodium, but when I pulled it up there was half of a peanut shell attached, I'm assuming a bird dropped a peanut and it took root. I've noticed sometimes the peanut shells have what looks like a little root hanging from one end.

Negative sladeofsky On Jun 8, 2009, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I am giving this plant a negative rating, not because I fail to appreciate all the human uses for it, nor because of anything particularly nasty about it. In fact, it is rather pretty, looking something like an informal Baptisia. My problem is that it is naturalized in my garden where it is a paticular favorite of the squirrels. They are continuously digging, looking for nuts. They then store the excess by burying them all around the garden, thus spreading the problem.

Neutral frostweed On Nov 28, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Peanut, Groundnut, Earthnut, Goober Pea, Monkey Nut Arachis hypogaea is Naturalized in Texas and other States.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 15, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Actually peanuts are classified as Runner, grown Primarily in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida ( primary use peanut butter), Virginia ( grown in North Carolina and south east Virginia) primary use roasted peanuts), Spanish grown primarily in Texas and the Southwest ( primary use candies ) and Valencia ( grown in New Mexico) Most home gardens use Spanish cultivars, Virginia, or the Valencia like Tennessee red or white.

Positive Aimee116 On Sep 11, 2003, Aimee116 wrote:

This plant is easy to grow inside your house or in a shed where it is warm and will get lots of sunlight. I keep mine in my room it grows about 5 milimeters to a centermeter a day. On rainy days put it under a light it will still grow just as fast there as it does with real sunlight.

Positive Terry On Sep 5, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Many gardeners don't think about growing their own peanuts, but it's quite possible to grow them in a home garden, as long as the growing season is long and hot enough. Peanuts are classified as runner (Spanish) or bunch and runner (Virginia) Several varieties are available.

Inoculation of peanut seeds is recommended for fist-time plantings in a particular location. They can be harvested green and boiled, or allowed to dry/cure for a week or two, similar to how you would dig potatoes and allow them to air dry and callus before storing.


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

Boynton Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Thomson, Georgia
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Benton, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Jenks, Oklahoma
Arlington, Texas

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