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Basic Collection Information and Status
Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata, Fabaceae)Cultural Affiliation Tarahumara
Collection Site Chihuahua, Mexico (latitude: 27°; altitude: 5,600 ft / 1,700 m)
Collection Year 1984
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
A typical-looking black-eyed pea, the seeds are cream with a black eye. From Cerocahui in the Barranca del Cobre.
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Characterization and Evaluation
There are currently no observational data available for this accession. If you have made observations of this accession and are willing to share them, please contact us.
|Cowpea Introduction||Cultivation Instructions||Seed Saving Instructions|
|An introduced legume from Africa that tolerates high heat and drought. A good producer in the low, hot desert. Peas can be eaten green (immature) or dry.||Plant 1" deep and 6" apart, or in basins, into warm soil in spring or with summer rains. Plants sprawl, support is helpful for vine-types. Likes well drained soil, too much nitrogen will reduce yield. Pick very small for "green beans" or let dry on vine for dry peas.||An annual that is mainly self-pollinating. Dried pods should be harvested throughout the growing season. Mature pods will split open if left on the plant.|