California Blackeye #5 Bush Cowpea Bean Seeds


This packet sows up to 33 feet.
4.25 out of 5 stars
(4 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Despite being called a black-eyed pea, cowpea, or southern pea, these are actually beans. Cowpeas produce in higher heat, humidity, and drier conditions than other beans. Plants are bushy and occasionally semi-vining, producing 6"–8" pods produced at the top (crown) of the plant. Disease resistant.
$2.69 25 grams (~100 seeds)

Botanical Name: Vigna unguiculata

Days to Maturity: 75 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 14"–18" upright and bushy with potential for some semi–spreading vines

Variety Information: Cylindrical, somewhat curved 6"–8" long pods produced on crown of plant. Medium to large, cream colored seeds with black "eyes". Resistant to wilt and root nematodes.

Type: Shelling bean

Attributes: Disease Resistant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F; ideally 50°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for winter harvest.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; bean seedlings are sensitive to root disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 6 – 12 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 3"–4"

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: Not required

Harvesting: For fresh, tasty cowpeas, shell seeds or enjoy in pod about 60 days after sowing, when peas just start to swell in the pod; seeds will be developed but not hard at this point. For dried beans, wait until the pods are dry and straw-colored to harvest. Young foliage is also edible and enjoyed like spinach. At season's end, plants are great compost material if they are disease-free.

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California Blackeye #5 Bush Cowpea Bean Seeds Reviews

4 reviews

Wish these had a better germination rate

3 out of 5 stars Jun 13, 2019
About 75% of these seeds germinated.
Gayle from TX


4 out of 5 stars Jul 10, 2021
For a while these looked like they were going to be bush-type, but not anymore. They are hitting to roof of my greenhouse and still going. Even outside they are looking like they will become vines now that summer is here. Happy to have nice vigorous plants though.
Andrew from PA
Owner Response: Hi Andrew, This does sometimes happen with heirloom or older varieties and it is believed to be from environmental conditions, possibly heat. All bush-type beans came from pole beans and so this is them reverting to their long, ancestral form. Sorry about that!

Vigorous Plants That Love the Heat

5 out of 5 stars Aug 21, 2022
I planted these probably earlier than I should have so they were slow to get started, but I did have 100% germination. Now, in mid-August, some of the plants are vining and reached six feet tall. It looks like my yield will be good. Even on days over 100 degrees, they never show any signs of wilting in the heat and they require less water than any of the other bean varieties that I'm growing. I will also say that the wasps adore these plants and swarm over them all day, so I have to be very careful while picking.
Paula from WA

Healthy beans!

5 out of 5 stars Nov 24, 2022
We grew cowpeas this year and they were the best producing bean that we have grown thus far. Not only were they very hardy but they produced AT LEAST 5 beans on one pod on most of the pods we harvested. We decided that we need to grow to live black eyed peas more since they're such good producers.
Adrian from TX

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