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Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

(Lotus tetragonobolus)

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(Best months for planting Asparagus Pea in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 59°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-11 weeks. Pick early, pick often.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best grown in separate bed
  • Pod and flower

This low spreading plant has small trifoliate leaves, and deep crimson flowers are borne in pairs. Harvest pods when approximately 2.5cm (1") long. ( about 80 days) Asparagus pea is easy to cultivate. It needs average moisture, full sun, and ordinary soil. It needs a long growing season to flower and fruit properly, so start it indoors in cooler areas.

Only the pods are edible for Lotus tetragonobolus. The other asparagus pea is the tropical plant Psophocarpus tetragonolobus, also known as Goa bean.

Support with twigs to keep the stems off the ground. Protect from slugs and snails. Pick pods when small as they become hard and dry if left too long.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Asparagus Pea

Cook quickly by steaming and serve with just a touch of butter and they are said to taste like their namesake .


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27 Oct 11, indra prasad (USA - Zone 8a climate)
where in sacramento can I find Asparagus pea ?
04 Jul 12, Bim (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Am in SF. Bought my seeds at kitazawaseed.com. They are in Oakland CA.
27 Jun 14, Ennie McCurdy (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I just got my Wing Beans from Amazon.com that I ordered. I live in Texas and it is almost the end of June here. When can I plant these beans or is it too late to plant them now. Would appreciate your response. Thanks.

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