Yardlong Bean / Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)
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Yardlong Bean / Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)

Reaches up to One Metre in Length

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The long, tender pods of the Cowpea are a significant vegetable, especially in South East Asia and Africa, as the plants tolerate heat and drought very well. The Yardlong Bean originates from Africa and has already been known in Europe since
antiquity, long before today's garden bean was imported from South America.

The pods of this Asian breed can reach up to one metre! As a tropical plant, the bean needs a little bit more warmth. Growing in the greenhouse or in large pots is ideal.

On the white beans, you can see a black eye, which is why it's also called black-eyed pea. In Brazil, the beans are processed into dough, deep-fried, and sold as a snack as "Acarajé". Furthermore, apart from the boiled beans, the leaves can also be eaten as spinach. However, in practice, only the fresh pods of this variety are consumed.

Vigna unguiculata seeds, content: Approx. 20 Cowpea seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
BeetrootGarlicLettuceSummer savory
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
3 cm
Best germination temperature :
18 – 22 °C
Germination time in days:
10 – 20
Planting distance:
15 x 40 cm
Main harvest:
Bad intercropping partners:
The yardlong been is a creeper and can grow up to 2m high. Preculture from mid-April. Germination temperature: 20 °C. Can be planted in the greenhouse, field or as a container plant. In warm viticulture climates, it can also be sown directly outdoors. Seeds of legumes often germinate a lot better when they are allowed to pre-soak in water for several hours.
Other names
Botanical name:
dolichos biflorusliebrechtsia scabraphaseolus unguiculatusv. catjangv. sinensisvigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis
German names:
English names:
black–eyed peacatjangcrowder peasouthern peayardlong bean
French names:
dolic aspergedolique à longue cossedolique à longues goussesharicot aspergeharicot vert chinoispois kilomètre
Spanish names:
carillacaupíchícharo salvajechícheredólico de aceite negrofrijol castillafrijol de caritafríjol cabecita negrafríjol chinojudía de caretajudía espárragoporoto tape
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
20 Pcs.


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