Southern Peas (Cowpeas)

See Peas for Snap Peas, Snow Peas, and Shelling (English) Peas.

Please refer to Southern Pea Cultural Notes for growing information.

Packet: 1 oz (28g) unless stated (approx. 140-250 seeds, depending on variety) sows 30-50'.




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Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

70 days. [Heirloom from VA and NC] Large number of peas per pod. A good flavored table pea with 10" long pods containing as many as 18 large peas per pod! Reddish-green pods are borne high and are easy to see in the foliage. The vines are resistant to very hot, dry summers. Use fresh or dried. ...
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Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

70 days. [Heirloom from VA and NC] Large number of peas per pod. A good flavored table pea with 10" long pods containing as many as 18 large peas per pod! Reddish-green pods are borne high and are easy to see in the foliage. The vines are resistant to very hot, dry summers. Use fresh or dried. ...
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Calico Crowder (Pole Cat) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Calico Crowder (Pole Cat) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

(Hereford Pea, Polecat Pea) 79 days. One of the more flavorful southern peas, and one of our favorites. Dried peas are buff-colored with maroon splashes, especially around the eye. Recommended for the Mid-Atlantic from Virginia southward and westward (south of latitude 39). Pkt (28g, 140 seeds)
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Creel Crowder Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Creel Crowder Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

61 days. [Family heirloom of Cheryl and Garey Hughes, from Garey’s great-uncle R. E. Creel, a truck farmer in Warrior, Alabama in the 1930s.] 6 in. curved pods turn golden yellow when dry, large brown seeds. Semi-vining plants, very productive! Pkt
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Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea (Cowpea) 14 g

Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea (Cowpea) 14 g

55 days. Carol Deppe selected this small, white lady pea in Oregon to mature fast in the NWÂ’s cool summers, but it handles Southern summers as well! Great for short-season areas. 7-8" long, yellow pods are easy to pick and shell. Bushy, semi-erect plants. Tender, tasty seeds cook fast without...
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Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

110 days [Brought to the U.S. by enslaved people before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed people after the Civil War according to George Washington CarverÂ’'s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea...
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Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

110 days [Brought to the U.S. by enslaved people before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed people after the Civil War according to George Washington CarverÂ’'s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea...
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Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 454 g

Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 454 g

110 days [Brought to the U.S. by enslaved people before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed people after the Civil War according to George Washington CarverÂ’'s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea...
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Mackey Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Mackey Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

[E. Texas heirloom, seedstock thanks to Mike Neder.] Similar to pinkeye purple hull, semi-bush plants are drought-resistant and also hold up well in cooler fall temperatures. 6-1/2 in. pods, 8-15 seeds/pod, pods turn beige when dry. Seeds have a flavor between blackeye peas and cream crowders, good...
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Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

64 days. [Developed by the Mississippi/AES.] Widely adapted and an excellent performer in hot humid climates, especially the Mid-Atlantic and south. Does well in northern areas with longer seasons. Pods average 6-1/2 " long, and are silver colored, occasionally streaked with rose. Easy to...
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Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

64 days. [Developed by the Mississippi/AES.] Widely adapted and an excellent performer in hot humid climates, especially the Mid-Atlantic and south. Does well in northern areas with longer seasons. Pods average 6-1/2 " long, and are silver colored, occasionally streaked with rose. Easy to...
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Ozark Razorback Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Ozark Razorback Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

65 days. [Developed by Horus Botanicals of Salem, AR.] Very colorful red-and-white calico peas with good flavor. Smaller seeds and shorter (3 ft.) vines than Calico Crowder. 7-8" pods. Pkt (214 seeds)
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Peking Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Peking Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

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Peking Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Peking Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

80 days. Flavorful, large black peas. [From the collection of the Southern Seed Legacy via grower Harry Cooksey.] There is a bit of mystery about this variety's origins. But there is no doubt that it produces an abundance of delicious black crowder type peas on vigorous disease free plants. Pkt (28...
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Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

60 days. [Grown by the Piggott family in Washington Parish, LA since the 1850s. For a long while the family kept this flavorful seed all to themselves!] Early and productive, this great-tasting variety is good fresh or dried. 6 in. pods have medium-size brown seeds with light speckling. Long vines...
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Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

60 days. [Grown by the Piggott family in Washington Parish, LA since the 1850s. For a long while the family kept this flavorful seed all to themselves!] Early and productive, this great-tasting variety is good fresh or dried. 6 in. pods have medium-size brown seeds with light speckling. Long vines...
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Pinkeye Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Pinkeye Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

65 days. An early, heavy yielding, semi-bush variety with good disease resistance. Can be double-cropped in the Mid-Atlantic and south. Pods contain elongated white peas with purple or pink eyes. Use for canning, freezing, or fresh eating. Pkt.
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Pinkeye Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Pinkeye Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

65 days. An early, heavy yielding, semi-bush variety with good disease resistance. Can be double-cropped in the Mid-Atlantic and south. Pods contain elongated white peas with purple or pink eyes. Use for canning, freezing, or fresh eating. Pkt. (28 g)
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Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

68 days. Compact plants. [Developed by the Virginia/AES.] 'Queen Anne' is a very dependable and heavy producer. Yields 8 to 12 seeds per 7 to 9" pod. Plants are compact, 26 " tall with no runners. Highly recommended for green shell or dry use, freezing, or canning. Can be grown in most...
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Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 228 g

Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 228 g

68 days. Compact plants. [Developed by the Virginia/AES.] 'Queen Anne' is a very dependable and heavy producer. Yields 8 to 12 seeds per 7 to 9" pod. Plants are compact, 26 " tall with no runners. Highly recommended for green shell or dry use, freezing, or canning. Can be grown in most...
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Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

68 days. Compact plants. [Developed by the Virginia/AES.] 'Queen Anne' is a very dependable and heavy producer. Yields 8 to 12 seeds per 7 to 9" pod. Plants are compact, 26 " tall with no runners. Highly recommended for green shell or dry use, freezing, or canning. Can be grown in most...
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Rouge et Noir (Red and Black) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Rouge et Noir (Red and Black) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

65 days. [Heirloom from Washington Parrish, LA.] Similar to Peking Black but slightly earlier. Large seeds are red when fresh, drying to black. Vigorous, semi-vining plants. Food historian William Woys Weaver notes that in Louisiana these peas are often cooked with limas and green peanuts. Pkt (122...
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Tohono O'odham (Papago) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Tohono O'odham (Papago) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

85 days. [SW Native American heirloom.] Highly drought- and heat-tolerant variety often used for summer cover crops. 6–7" purple-tinged pods. Earthy-flavored seeds have black and white markings like Holstein cows. Pkt (170 seeds)
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Washday Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Washday Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

60 days. [1800s. Quick-cooking seeds made for a faster meal on busy washdays!] Medium-size tan peas, 5-6" pods, half-runner vines. Very productive, pods borne in clusters of 3-4 for easy picking. Pkt (180 seeds)
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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

85 days [Brought to the Americas from Africa during the slave trade, grown by Jefferson at Monticello.] Once the standard for southern peas, this variety is drought-tolerant and will grow in almost all soils. 5' vines produce loads of 7-8" green pods with a purple tinge. Mature seeds are small and...
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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 228g

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 228g

85 days [Brought to the Americas from Africa during the slave trade, grown by Jefferson at Monticello.] Once the standard for southern peas, this variety is drought-tolerant and will grow in almost all soils. 5' vines produce loads of 7-8" green pods with a purple tinge. Mature seeds are small and...
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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

85 days [Brought to the Americas from Africa during the slave trade, grown by Jefferson at Monticello.] Once the standard for southern peas, this variety is drought-tolerant and will grow in almost all soils. 5' vines produce loads of 7-8" green pods with a purple tinge. Mature seeds are small and...
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Whippoorwill, Steele's Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Whippoorwill, Steele's Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

75 days. [OK/AR family heirloom] 6" pods with grey-black speckled seeds. Vigorous vines best trellised or given plenty of room to sprawl, as the vines will produce several harvests as they continue to grow. Pkt (208 seeds)
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White Acre Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

White Acre Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

62 days. This high-yielding heirloom southern pea has a vigorous growth habit and superior flavor. Quick early growth and dense foliage reduces much of the need for weeding. Peas themselves are small compared to other southern peas, average 18-25 peas per pod. Pkt (28g, 1 oz, about 274 seeds)
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Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

62 days. [1972, FL AES. Thanks to Bob Bulluck for our seedstock!] Southern favorite. Bushy 2-3' plants bear prolifically. 6-9" pods with large, creamy-white seeds, 18-20 seeds/pod, easy to shell. Unusually, seeds have a taste between English peas and cowpeas when fresh.
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Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

62 days. [1972, FL AES. Thanks to Bob Bulluck for our seedstock!] Southern favorite. Bushy 2-3' plants bear prolifically. 6-9" pods with large, creamy-white seeds, 18-20 seeds/pod, easy to shell. Unusually, seeds have a taste between English peas and cowpeas when fresh.
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