- Red flowers
- Vines grow laterally along the ground
- Thrives in poor soil
- Edible podded pea
- 60-75 days
(Lotus tetragonolobus) (aka Winged Pea) A legume not related to either asparagus or peas; most likely from northwest Africa. Mentioned as early as 1734 by celebrated English gardener and botanist Philip Miller. Beautiful red flowers on low growing plants that spread laterally along the ground. Uniquely flavored pods are best steamed whole when small. Thrives in poor soil. Edible podded, 60-75 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop does not transplant well so make sure to direct seed in your garden as soon as the soil can be worked (about 2 weeks before the last expected frost date).
Space your seeds 2-4 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds around 1 inch deep.
As this plant grows it may need support in the form of a trellis to keep the vines off the ground. You won't need to fertiize this crop in order to get a healthy yield.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.