Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

Lotus tetragonobolus : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

(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

Your comments and tips

25 Aug 09, Dru (Australia - temperate climate)
As posted earlier, eseeds cancelled the request for seeds today. Have managed to get them from King seeds in NZ. Their service was great, and although a bit involved I finally got the seeds.Barbara at King Seeds was wonderful and very determined to get me what I needed.
23 Sep 09, Trish (Australia - temperate climate)
I contacted King Seeds NZ. got an email back to say the order would need to be approved by our quarantine authorities. Rang them today and Asparagus Pea seeds are not allowed to be imported into Australia. It is listed as a noxious weed. Sad for us :(
23 Sep 09, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Trish, you can get Asparagus Pea from Eden Seeds (Queensland). Maybe they don't know it's a noxious weed? It's not a very successful weed in Armidale - mine struggled to grow.
26 Sep 09, Michelle (Australia - temperate climate)
Bought a packet of Asparagus Peas yesterday from a large nursery is Maribyrong Vic. Packed by "Erica Vale Aust Pty Ltd" Mango Hill Qld. On front of pack is says "ideal for australian conditions"
16 Oct 09, Karen (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Perth - any ideas if there are suppliers of asparagus pea in WA? Quarantine regulations very tough here, so importing from NZ probably not an option.
11 May 11, Adrian (Australia - temperate climate)
If you find a Perth supplier please let me know. Thx.
15 Nov 13, Avril (Australia - temperate climate)
Yilgarn seeds in WA sell them, just bought a pack last month from them.
10 Jan 10, Dru (Australia - temperate climate)
Seeds arrived from NZ with no trouble Mine also struggled to grow. Really felt it was too hot but it has been a scorcher. The few I did get to grow had the prettiest red flower but then they all died. Will try next year in a more sheltered spot.
16 Jan 10, Robyn Williamson (Australia - temperate climate)
I am delighted to hear that Asparagus pea is classified as a noxious weed, easy to grow plants are the best kind in my opinion. I haven't tried them before and hope they taste good. Has anyone here ever tasted them? If so, do you have any interesting recipes?
16 Feb 10, Esther (Australia - temperate climate)
Asparagus pea is known as "four angled bean" from where I come from. It grows very easily when it's draped onto the fencing. We used to slice the asparagus pea & stir fry it with sambal prawn. Yummy!
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