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Asparagus pea (Tetragonolobus purpureus), also known as winged pea, is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Africa. It belongs to the legume family and is valued for its edible pods and seeds.

The asparagus pea plant has thin, wiry stems that can reach up to 3 feet in length. The leaves are small and pinnate, and the flowers are pink or purple in color. The plant produces edible pods that are long, slender, and winged, hence the name "winged pea." The pods have a tender texture and a flavor that is similar to asparagus, hence the name "asparagus pea."

Asparagus peas are typically grown as annuals and are easy to grow from seed. They prefer full sun and well-draining soil, and can be sown directly in the garden in the spring, after the last frost date. The seeds should be planted about 1 inch deep and spaced 6 to 12 inches apart.

Once the asparagus pea seedlings emerge, they should be watered deeply once a week, or more often during hot, dry weather. Asparagus peas do not require heavy fertilization, but a balanced fertilizer can be applied in early spring to encourage growth.

Asparagus pea pods can be harvested when they are about 2 inches long and have a tender texture. The pods can be cooked and eaten like green beans, or they can be used in salads and stir-fries. The seeds of the asparagus pea can also be eaten and have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. They can be cooked like other legumes, such as lentils or chickpeas.

Overall, asparagus pea is a unique and tasty addition to a home garden, and its pods and seeds can be enjoyed in a variety of culinary applications.

Flower Specifications

  • Season: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 6 - 10
  • Height: 20 inches
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well drained garden soil, doesn't need to be rich
  • Deer Resistant: No
  • House Plant: No
  • Latin Name: Tetragonolobus Purpureus 

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 65 - 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 10 - 21 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 4 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart

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