65-70 days for fresh shell stage, 85-90 days for dry. Seeds at maturity are very tightly packed in the pod causing a "dimple" in the adjacent seed. Also, many times, the pea has a flattened appearance from the dense arrangement in the pods. 15-18"H bush produces prolific pods that contain 12-15 fine-flavored peas. Lavender flower color. Developed in 1985 to replace the Brown Crowder which had lost purity.
**Cowpeas, Southern Peas, are the most productive and heat tolerant legumes around. Cowpeas come in bush, vine, tall and short varieties. Great for stopping soil erosion and weed suppression. Cowpeas make an excellent Nitrogen source ahead of fall-planted crops and attract many beneficial insects. Cowpeas grow well on poor land and add lots of organic matter to the soil. Also, they make a good animal fodder crop.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.