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Originally from Africa, this legume has been grown by Native American farmers for countless generations. The Tohono O'odham call this plant "U'sus mu;n" and have long valued its ability to tolerate high heat and drought and still produce prolifically in the low desert. Sprawling plants (they may need support) with yellow flowers produce 6-7" purple-tinged pods. The beans have lovely black and white markings, like a Holstein cow. Although the seeds can be eaten green or dry, this plant is also used as a cover crop. Pods should be harvested as they dry; if left too long on the plant they will pop open and disperse their seeds. A mainly self-pollinating annual.
When soil warms up in spring or with summer rains, plant in basins 1" deep and 6" apart. Although this is not hard to grow, remember that this plant likes well drained soil and too much nitrogen in its soil will reduce its yield.
What's In The Package: Each package contains approximately 25 seeds/5 g.