- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 6 - 10
- Height: 20 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer
- Bloom Color: Red
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Well drained garden soil, doesn't need to be rich
- Temperature: 65 - 70F
- Average Germ Time: 10 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/4 inch
- Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 4 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart
Asparagus Pea (Tetragonolobus Purpureus) - Asparagus Pea seeds can grow one of the prettiest vegetables on the face of the earth! What does asparagus have to do with this plant? There may be two possibilities for the common name: 1) The young pods taste similar to asparagus, or 2) The vegetable is prepared in the same manner as asparagus, by steaming and covering with butter. Another common name for Tetragonolobus purpurea is the Winged Pea because the pods that form have the appearance of having wings.
Asparagus Pea is an annual herb that is native to the Mediterranean region of southern Europe. It is a common spring-blooming wildflower in field and scrub. Winged Asparagus Pea is a legume that grows approximately 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide, the plant has small leaves that are made of 3 leaflets. It has deep crimson flowers which are formed in pairs, and they can be used as an edible garnish in salads and other dishes. After pollination occurs, winged pods develop and can grow up to 3 1/2 inches long. The pods may be prepared in a number of ways: boiled, sauteed, steamed, dipped in tempura batter and deep-fried, or pickled. Grow herb seeds for this attractive, versatile plant!
How To Grow Asparagus Peas: Start Asparagus Pea seeds directly outside in a prepared seedbed. Cover the flower seeds with 1/4 inch of soil and keep them moist until germination occurs.