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Colossus Southern Pea
'Colossus' Southern Pea (Cowpea)
Colossus Southern Pea
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Southern Pea (Cowpea)

60 days — 'Colossus' plants are vigorous, upright with few side runners, and are productive. The purple flowers develop into pods that are nine to ten inches long, are green at the shell stage, light-brown straw colored at the dry stage, and filled with darker brown peas that shell easily.  Similar to 'Brown Sugar Crowder' but with larger peas.

It was bred by the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station and Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina and released in 1971 as a stabilized cross between 'South Carolina 59-11' and 'Floricream'. Each ounce is approximately 100 seeds.

Resistant to root knot nematodes, under widely varying environmental conditions, disease, and insect pressures, performs well. The exception is  where thrips are a problem. If you have thrips in your area, keep an eye out for their telltale damage - malformed and puckered leaves - especially when the plants are young.
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A+ bean
I love this cowpea. Super easy to grow. Colorado bean beetles came and destroyed my string beans but didn’t touch these and they were right next to each other. These beans were easy to shell and great canned and dried. I will always include these in my garden.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Sisco from South Central PA. on 3/15/2016
Wasn't a fan of cowpeas til I learned they -and potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and squash - are ALL that will grow in a drought. Low on water, bunnies, etc. devoured peas and beans, etc.; but they let the 3 varieties of test cowpeas alone completely! They are great with a hamhock and saved us a LOT this winter. These are large cowpeas, too and our faves.
Reviewed by: virginia mccartney from kansas. on 3/18/2012
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