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Asparagus pea        

Tetragonolobus purpureus

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'Asparagus pea' is a plant in the Tetragonolobus genus with a scientific name of Tetragonolobus purpureus. The botanical name epithet for Asparagus pea (purpureus) means 'purple'.

Sprawling pea like plant, with unexpectedly pretty dark red flowers. The seed pods are best eaten small and have the flavour and consistency of asparagus.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Falu red and   International orange and   Maroon. When mature, they grow to 1.5 cm (0.58 inches imperial) in diameter. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark spring green and   La Salle Green. Leaves appear approximately as a   La Salle Green and   Dark spring green

It is a flowering edible vegetable that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year.

Keep in mind when planning your garden that Asparagus pea is known for growing to a vine habit. This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Papua New Guinea is believed to be where Asparagus pea originates from.

Asparagus pea is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Asparagus pea have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Asparagus pea

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Sprawling dwarf plants need no supports.
Fix nitrogen in the soil for the next crop

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Asparagus pea is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date.

See our list of companion Plants for Asparagus pea to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Asparagus pea from seed

Start off two seed in well drained compost in a 7cm pot and grow on under protection until well developed

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) between Asparagus pea plants.

Transplanting Asparagus pea

Sow thinly one seed every 2in/5cm in shallow rows
Or plant out the pot started seedlings after all danger of frost has past. Select a bright sunny position in well drained soil

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 12°C / 54°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Asparagus pea is a tender plant.

Harvesting Asparagus pea

2cm pods have best flavour; don’t eat the bigger ones.

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Asparagus pea Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin purpureus meaning “purple”

Other names for Asparagus pea

Winged pea

Tetragonolobus purpureus Moench

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