Cowpea, Sunapee

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Vigna unguiculata

This is a fun variety!  A super dwarf cowpea, measuring only 1' tall and wide.  Compact plants mature quickly, so even if it's not the most productive variety, it is a great choice for short seasons, northern climates, small spaces, and even container gardens.  Green pods with small, cream cowpeas.  This variety was developed by Professor Elwyn Meader of the University of New Hampshire specifically for northern gardens.  Sunapee is the name of a mountain ridge in New Hampshire.

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