- 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 can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots indoors. When transplanting out the plants, be very careful to limit any disturbance to the roots.
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.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.