Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

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

P = Sow seed

  • 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 beside): Best grown in separate bed
  • Asparagus Pea plant (commons.wikimedia.org - Magnus Manske - CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • 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 .

Your comments and tips

25 Nov 20, Rain (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi, Where to buy this seeds please share.My enail add is [email protected] Thanks R
26 Nov 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try internet seed selling companies.
02 May 20, Linda (Australia - tropical climate)
I have been harvesting my winged beans at various sizes, and the plant here just out of Darwin has fruited profusely. Unfortunately tho I have not enjoyed them so I have pulled them up to make way for the Borraloolla bean?
01 Aug 20, Michael D Cowen (Australia - tropical climate)
Lived Borrolloola for over 2 years and never heard of the Borrolloola pea (heard about a unique cycad from the Loo). Would be interested in trying a Borralloola pea. Do you know where can I get seeds? I live in Wagait Beach
28 Mar 20, Gillian (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
I have a young five-year-old granddaughter now living in Sydney. Would Asparagus Pea be a good plant for her to start her gardening adventure in Australia? if so, where would you suggest to buy the seeds, online if poss., and, if not, please suggest an alternative edible plant that's likely to yield a harvest so it's an encouraging and pleasurable experience. I'd prefer her to start with a small and, hopefully, successful growing project! Parents are busy and not especially interested yet she's keen. Any particular horticultural do's and dont's for me to share with her long-distance would be very welcome. Many thanks, Gillian
24 Nov 20, Anon (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
Try a few seed selling internet sites. The main growing time in Sydney is in the autumn and winter to early spring. Go to the Temperate Climate Zone for Australia. At the top of the page on left side is PLANT NOW. That will tell you what to plant each month. I would suggest she grow things she likes to eat. Radishes , lettuce, normal peas, beans. Be sure you plant them at the right time. She can buy some seedlings at Bunnings or any nursery. That will give a good result for starting out.
25 Aug 19, A. K. (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can I get the winged beans seeds in South Africa?
10 Nov 20, Astrid (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
If anyone is looking for seeds, I found some online at sandveldorganics.co.za - excellent service, speedy delivery.
26 May 19, Theresa (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Newcastle and grow winged bean in my garden. It is the second year I tried to grow this plant. First year the plant died in winter but the root is still alive so I continued to grow them last spring. They have some flowers( white/purple) right now and have some fruits already. However, the fruits are very tiny, after two weeks still not much growth. Does it mean the weather in Newcastle is too cold for my winded beans? I got another type of seeds which claims it will flowers in colder climate but need to wait until spring time. Thanks for your time.
15 Jan 19, Daniel Pawlenko (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grow winged beans in brisbane and its all set up with drip lines .It's very hot here and dry at the moment and I'm exspiriencing hard dark green beans at the moment. Does anyone know if this is from hot temps or not enough water. Kind Regards Daniel
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After two weeks with regular watering, it has succumbed to nature, dried up and died, so it's definitely an annual. Contrary to what it states on the seed packet, I will not be starting off new seedlings until towards the end of summer and hoping for a repeat burst of flowers in late winter and early spring. Thank you also Liz for that article... what struck me in the comments section there was this from a Canberra grower.... 'I live in Canberra, Australia, and can report that I sowed some asparagus peas last spring. They didn’t produce much that season but, amazingly to me who had thought they wouldn’t last our winter here, they are flowering profusely and bearing fruit now, the second month of spring. And temperatures this winter got down to -7C!' This is very much how my own plants responded.

- Phil M

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