Pinkeye Purple Hull Bush Cowpea Bean Seeds

This packet sows up to 33 feet.
3.1666666666667 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Pinkeye Purple Hull' are productive, compact, 2'-tall plants that don't need to be staked, and produce prolifically in drier conditions than other beans. Cowpeas, also called crowder peas, are very nutritious, low in fat and high in fiber and protein. Serve with cooked greens, ham hocks, and rice for a traditional Southern dish, or add to your favorite soup or stew. 62 days for fresh; 90 for dry cowpeas.
$2.69 25 grams (~100 seeds)

Botanical Name: Vigna unguiculata

Days to Maturity: 62–90 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, bushy plants

Variety Information: Cylindrical, 6" long pods produced on crown of plant. Medium to large cream-colored seed with a red or maroon "eye".

Type: Shelling bean

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 7 to 14 days up to 80 days before your average first fall frost date. NOTE: In very hot summer areas, skip sowing as high heat approaches; temperatures consistently above 90°F will prevent beans from forming.

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 requried

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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Pinkeye Purple Hull Bush Cowpea Bean Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

Summer 2019 - huge plants, great harvest.

5 out of 5 stars Sep 4, 2019
I planted these beans as a summer groundcover in Houston as I was away travelling for the summer. I returned to a large harvest of very tasty purple-hulled beans. The only problem was that my garden had been overtaken by these plants, with 4 to 8 foot vines creeping, crawling and climbing everywhere! Definitely not "compact 2 foot tall plants" and definitely require (or prefer) staking or trellising. Nevertheless, I will most definitely be planting these again next summer!
Dave C from TX
Owner Response: Thanks for sharing your experience, Dave. These plants should be compact, however sometimes bush varieties revert to their original vining form under certain environmental conditions. You can cut the vining top to keep them compact. Thanks again for taking the time to tell us about your tasty 'Purple Hull' peas.

Definitely not compact plants!

3 out of 5 stars Aug 4, 2020
I agree with the previous reviewer: these seeds do not produce bushy, compact 2 foot plants! My 5 or 6 plants are thin and gangly at 3 feet tall, if not more, and are still climbing. I would not have planted the seeds where I did had I known how tall they would get! They are blocking the sun from my pepper plants. I only have 1 stake out there, which is problematic. I can't imagine how the plants could support one another. I just tried the "peas" from two pods, undercooked, and they were mild and tasty. The pods were burgundy but the peas still green colored. I will let the rest of the pods stay on the plants a bit longer and will try freezing the shelled beans.
PPR from NY
Owner Response: Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Bush beans were originally bred form pole beans and we do see from time to time in older cultivars that they can revert. We are always here to help, customer.service@botanicalinterest.com.


1 out of 5 stars Aug 24, 2020
I have a small square foot vegetable garden. I planted this particular variety because the label says, "compact, 24" tall plants that don't need to be staked..." Nothing could be further from the truth. The other two reviewers had the same issue. In the past I've had good success with your seeds, and trusted your labeling until now. The vines have grown over 5' long and are still going. They haven't set seed yet, and because of their vigorous growth "reverting back to pole type beans", I now have to til them under because they have taken over the entire garden!!!
Melinda Vargas from FL
Owner Response: Hi Melinda, We are sorry this cultivar is vining for you. A customer service agent will contact you to help.

Awesome ... but not compact!

4 out of 5 stars Oct 3, 2020
Four plants quickly radiated to four feet high by six feet across with runners extending another four in all directions. Prolific producers, still generating new flowers and beans this Oct morning after two mild frosts. Will dedicate more space in a trellised corner next season!
Kevin from MA
Owner Response: Hi Kevin, Thank you for sharing your experience. This can sometimes occur with heirloom bean cultivars. It is speculated that recessive genes (all bush beans were originally pole beans) express themselves sometimes, possibly when triggered by environmental factors. We are sorry these were long/tall plants, but we are glad they were so prolific.


4 out of 5 stars Jan 8, 2021
We love pink eyed peas! It's a summer favorite. Very sad that these are not available.
Janelle from GA

Not bush type.

2 out of 5 stars Aug 14, 2022
I've had tremendous success with all of your seeds. This is the exception. These bush type seeds have produced vines 6-8 ft long and still growing. The first crop produced lovely peas. Since then, they've bloomed prolifically. However, the pods are the size of a chop stick and don't fill out. We've had an unusually early hot summer which could account for the size of the pods.
Victoria from TX
Owner Response: Hi Victoria, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. All bush beans were developed from pole beans and we have noticed that they can revert to their original vining form under certain environmental conditions. Please reach out with any further questions! We're happy to help.

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