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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Knuckle Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

Knuckle Purple Hull Southern Pea (Cowpea) 28 g

62 days. [1958, Alabama’s Auburn U.] Large brown peas in 6 in. purple pods. Semi-vining plants. Pkt (125 seeds)
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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

Crop failure, unavailable for 2015 60 days. [Joe West found this one at the Lusedale, MS, co-op. We’ve had no luck finding out any more about this great variety. If you know anything, let us know!] 6 in., easy to shell, yellow pods. Big, yellow-tan seeds....
$2.25

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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

Cleaning & testing seed, hope to have by 3/15/15 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....
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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 58 days. Carol Deppe selected this small, white lady pea in Oregon to mature fast in the NW’s cool summers, but it handles Southern summers as well! Great for short-season areas. 7-8 in. long, yellow pods are easy to pick and...
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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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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)
$5.75

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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...
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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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Colossus Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

Colossus Southern Pea (Cowpea) 114 g

75 days [1972, Clemson AES] One of the best, largest crowder peas. Light-brown seeds in straw-colored, purple-tinted 7-9" pods. Large, bushy plants, easy to shell. 114 g (376 seeds)
$6.25

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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...
$6.25

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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.]...
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Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 228g

Whippoorwill Southern Pea (Cowpea) 228g

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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