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Cowpeas – often called black-eyed peas, field peas, and purple-hull peas – are common for gardens in the Southern U.S. because they are a drought-tolerant, warm-weather crop, and they even grow well in poor soils.  The cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is one of several species of the widely cultivated genus Vigna, and the cultivated black-eye and purple-hull peas are actually of the subspecies Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata.

A side benefit of growing cowpeas is their ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through their root nodules to the soil (as legumes); thus, they actually “self-fertilize” the area in which they are grown.

Our varieties of Cowpea

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