Cowpea, Peking Black

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Vigna unguiculata

8-9 inch pods, this vigorous grower produces a number of fully black cowpeas.  Crowder-type peas are borne on vigorous plants.  Heirloom variety probably from Africa, though its origins are somewhat murky.

Fun Fact!  Southern cowpeas have the most protein of any vegetarian food!

How to grow it:  

Germ Temp

Indoor Start

Germ Days

Frost Tolerant


Seed Depth

Plant/Row Spacing


Not rec.

6-17 d.






Direct sow 1" deep after all danger of frost has passed. In row spacing is 3" with 8" between rows. Soaking seeds for 2-4 hours can hasten germination time. Planting with bean specific bacterial inoculum may help boost yields, especially if planting where beans have not grown before.

Seed specs:

Packet size:  1/4 oz. ~35 seeds