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.