Cco 7020
Days To Maturity : 63-84
Germination Days : 8-16
Planting Depth : 1
Seed Code : C
Seeds Per Packet : 130
Square Foot Coverage : 100
When To Plant : Spring
38 PKTs Available
Red Ripper Cowpea CCO-7020



Adaptable, drought-tolerant, and productive

Competes well with summer weeds, even Bermuda grass.

Fast to shell (that's the "ripper" part). High-yielding with up to 18 beans per pod

Cowpeas are also excellent attractants for beneficial insects due to nectar-releasing sites on the leaflets. Fixes a lot of nitrogen (up to .57 pounds per 100 square feet).  Tolerates some shade; can be planted in orchards or vineyards. Can be used for hay or grain in addition to making compost. Needs warm soil. 

A great all-round summer cover crop that makes food as well.


BOTANICAL NAME: Vigna sinensis


Soak the seed overnight to break 'hard seed' dormancy. Seed should swell up. Sow into sunny garden bed after all danger of frost pas passed and soil is warm (60 degrees). Cowpeas are very adaptable; but their growing season must be warm. Sow 1" deep into most any well-drained soil, not too alkaline. Needs moisture to get established; thereafter drought-tolerant. Summer cover crop for smothering weeds and growing biomass for compost. Large yields of small red beans.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: W, H/ Matures 9-12/ Harvest 8/ Yield sed 4.5; Green hay 183/ Spacing 12-24"

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Tolerates hot weather and stores well and bee friendly

Customer Reviews

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Tasty summer cover crop
on 09/07/16 by AnnaRebecca in Mariposa, CA

I've had poor luck with legumes in my current garden, but these guys are going gangbusters. I grew them for three reasons: 1) "green manure" for overworked raised beds, 2) smother crop in my fight against invasive grass, and 3) an edible crop for fresh consumption/longterm storage. Reasons 1 and 2 won't come into fruition until the season is over, but the vigorous plants are definitely providing deep shade, so weeds can't be making too much headway under there. The prolific pods make great fresh green beans when still small, and I look forward to shelling the dry ones. The only reason I might hesitate to grow these again is that the nectar-rich growth nodes attract the wretched Argentine ants that I've been trying to discourage. That's probably a futile endeavor anyway, though. An easy-to-grow, lush-looking addition to my summer garden!

Did Well in San Joaquin Valley
on 09/05/14 by Stephen Cooley in CA

These did very well through the hot summer and low humidity of the San Joaquin Valley. They grew large and set lots of pods even with a bit of shade for part of the day. They taste good, too -- much better than regular Black-Eyed Peas!