Purplehull (Purple Hull) Cowpeas or Southern Peas
Vigna unguiculata subsp.

Purplehull peas, also referred to as "Purple Hull" peas, are a very popular category of Southern peas. The small town of Emerson, Arkansas (pop. 368) holds an annual summer event called the "PurpleHull Pea Festival." You can even order a cook book, "The NEW 20th Annual PurpleHull Pea Festival Cookbook," from their website by clicking here. Listed below are the purplehull-type peas that we currently have available for your garden.

Each ounce is about enough seed to plant a ten foot row.
Click on variety's picture or name below for more information and quantity pricing options (where available).
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Coronet Southern Pea
The plants are upright and compact. 62 days to green shell stage.
Knuckle Purplehull Southern Pea
Reddish to purple pods with large seeds that turn brown when dry.
Mississippi Purple Southern Pea
Pods are reddish-purple with large brown peas that are very easy to shell.
Pinkeye Purple Hull BVR Southern Pea<br>SOLD OUT
Very productive, early maturing, disease resistant, bush to semi-vining plants with purple pods that are 6 to 7 inches long.
Quickpick Pinkeye Southern Pea<br><b>SOLD OUT</b>
Early. Dark-purple pods, 7-8 inches long, kidney-shaped peas with maroon eyes.

Growing Information:

Southern Peas can be planted from May to August, as soon as the soil has warmed to about 65ºF. Most varieties are ready to harvest at the green pea stage in about sixty days and at the dry stage in seventy five to one hundred days. Therefore in most areas, Southern Peas really should be planted in May or June.

Plant four to six seeds per foot, 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches deep in rows twenty to thirty-six inches apart. Control weeds early in the season with shallow cultivation. Later the peas will shade out most weeds. Avoid cultivation after the plants begin to bloom. Irrigation is normally not necessary; southern peas are renowned for their ability to grow and produce under harsh conditions. As a legume, they have the ability to fix their own nitrogen from the air so planting in too rich of soil or fertilizing can cause the plants to keep growing (running) and with pod production greatly affected. Southern peas are self-pollinating with insects, as well as wind, being responsible for moving the pollen to achieve fertilization.

There are several types, groups or categories of Southern Peas. These include:

For more information, click here for a PDF document on growing Southern Peas.

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