Southern Peas (Cowpeas)

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'.

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




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Knuckle Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Knuckle Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Now sold out for 2015. Mississippi Silver Southern Pea is a similar variety.

62 days. [1958, Alabama’s Auburn U.] Large brown peas in 6 in. purple...
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Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

60 days. [VA/AES.] Dependable and heavy producer. Highly recommended for green shell or dry use, freezing, or canning. Can be grown in most northern states. (Note: this used to be a more compact plant, but the commercial strain has become much more viney, though it’s still as early as ever!) 7...
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Yellow Ripper Southern Pea (Cowpea) 14 g

Yellow Ripper Southern Pea (Cowpea) 14 g

Seed crop failure, unavailable for 2015. Zipper Cream Southern Pea is a similar variety.

60 days. [Joe West found this one at the Lusedale, MS,...
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Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

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

70 days. [VA and NC heirloom] Good flavored table pea with 10 in. pods containing as many as 18 large peas per pod! Use fresh or dried. Reddish-green pods are borne high and are easy to see in the foliage. Resistant to very hot, dry summers. Vigorous, sprawling vines. Very popular with our Texas...
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Creel Crowder Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Creel Crowder Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Small crop, now sold out for 2015. Colossus Southern Pea is a similar variety.

61 days. [Family heirloom of Cheryl and Garey Hughes, from Garey’s great-uncle...
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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 slaves before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed African-Americans after the Civil War according to George Washington Carver’s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea Recipes.]...
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Mackey Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Mackey Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

68 days. [E. Texas heirloom, seedstock thanks to Mike Neder.] Similar to pinkeye purple hull, vining plants are drought-resistant and also hold up well in cooler fall temperatures. 6-7 in. pods, 8-15 seeds/pod, pods turn beige when dry. Seeds have a flavor between blackeye peas and cream crowders,...
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Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

61 days. Widely adapted, excellent performer in hot humid climates. 6-7 in. pods are silver-colored, occasionally streaked with rose. Large, light brown seeds, easy to shell. Pkt (153 seeds)
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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 in. pods. Pkt (214 seeds)
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Peking Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Peking Black Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

69 days. [From the Southern Seed Legacy collection 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. 8-9 in. pods. Pkt (125 seeds)
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Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

63 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. 6-7 in. pods have medium-size brown seeds with light speckling. Long...
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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

63 days. [Heirloom from Washington Parrish, LA.] Similar to Peking Black but 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 seeds)
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Tohono O'odham (Papago) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

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

63 days. [SW Native American heirloom.] Highly drought- and heat-tolerant variety often used for summer cover crops. 6-7 in. 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

63 days. [1800s. Quick-cooking seeds made for a faster meal on busy washdays!] Medium-size tan peas, 5-6 in. pods, half-runner vines. Very productive, pods borne in clusters of 3-4 for easy picking. Pkt (180 seeds)
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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 in. 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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Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

67 days. [1972, FL AES. Thanks to Bob Bulluck for our seedstock!] Southern favorite. Bushy 2-3 ft. plants bear prolifically. 6-9 in. 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. Pkt (116 seeds)
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Calico Crowder Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Calico Crowder Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

(Hereford Pea, Polecat Pea) 79 days. One of the more flavorful southern peas, and one of our favorites. Peas are buff- colored with maroon splashes. Vigorous, sprawling vines. Pkt (140 seeds)
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Colossus Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Colossus Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

62 days [1972, Clemson AES] One of the largest and best crowder peas. Light- brown seeds in straw-colored, purple-tinted 7-9 in. pods. Large, bushy plants, very prolific, easy to shell. Pkt (94 seeds)
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Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea (Cowpea) 14 g

Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea (Cowpea) 14 g

Small crop, now sold out for 2015. White Acre southern pea is a similar variety.

58 days. Carol Deppe selected this small, white lady pea in Oregon to mature...
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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. Concentrated set of 6-7 in. dark purple pods, buff-colored peas with purple or pink eyes. For canning, freezing, or fresh eating. Very popular. Pkt (28 g, 170 seeds)
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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

72 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 ft. vines produce extended harvests of 7-9 in. green pods. Small seeds are light brown...
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White Acre Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

White Acre Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

62 days. High-yielding heirloom southern pea has superior flavor. Quick early growth and dense foliage reduces much of the need for weeding. 7-8 in. pods, small white seeds, 18-25 peas/pod. Pkt (274 seeds)
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Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

60 days. [VA/AES.] Dependable and heavy producer. Highly recommended for green shell or dry use, freezing, or canning. Can be grown in most northern states. (Note: this used to be a more compact plant, but the commercial strain has become much more viney, though it’s still as early as ever!) 7...
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Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

110 days [Brought to the U.S. by slaves before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed African-Americans after the Civil War according to George Washington Carver’s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea Recipes.]...
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Colossus Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Colossus Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Note: the seed lot for this bulk size packet is "Eco" but not certified organic, so we've priced it cheaper to sell through it faster! 62 days [1972, Clemson AES] One of the largest and best crowder peas. Light- brown seeds in straw-colored, purple-tinted 7-9...
$5.25

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Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Big Red Ripper (Mandy) Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

70 days. [VA and NC heirloom] Good flavored table pea with 10 in. pods containing as many as 18 large peas per pod! Use fresh or dried. Reddish-green pods are borne high and are easy to see in the foliage. Resistant to very hot, dry summers. Vigorous, sprawling vines. Very popular with our Texas...
$5.75

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Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Mississippi Silver Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

61 days. Widely adapted, excellent performer in hot humid climates. 6-7 in. pods are silver-colored, occasionally streaked with rose. Large, light brown seeds, easy to shell. (¼ lb = 4 oz = 114 g)
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Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Piggott Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

63 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. 6-7 in. pods have medium-size brown seeds with light speckling. Long...
$5.75

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Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Zipper Cream Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

67 days. [1972, FL AES. Thanks to Bob Bulluck for our seedstock!] Southern favorite. Bushy 2-3 ft. plants bear prolifically. 6-9 in. 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. (¼ lb = 4 oz =...
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Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/2 lb

Queen Anne Blackeye Pea Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/2 lb

60 days. [VA/AES.] Dependable and heavy producer. Highly recommended for green shell or dry use, freezing, or canning. Can be grown in most northern states. (Note: this used to be a more compact plant, but the commercial strain has become much more viney, though it’s still as early as ever!) 7...
$6.25

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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

72 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 ft. vines produce extended harvests of 7-9 in. green pods. Small seeds are light brown...
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White Acre Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

White Acre Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

62 days. High-yielding heirloom southern pea has superior flavor. Quick early growth and dense foliage reduces much of the need for weeding. 7-8 in. pods, small white seeds, 18-25 peas/pod. (¼ lb = 4 oz = 114 g)
$6.25

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Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1 lb

Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1 lb

110 days [Brought to the U.S. by slaves before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed African-Americans after the Civil War according to George Washington Carver’s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea Recipes.]...
$10.25

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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/2 lb

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/2 lb

72 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 ft. vines produce extended harvests of 7-9 in. green pods. Small seeds are light brown...
$10.50

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