Green Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)

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This tropical legume is famous and loved in Caribbean cuisine and beyond. Pigeon pea is grown widely throughout the tropics and subtropics as a perennial evergreen and nitrogen fixer that provides protein rich peas. 

Pigeon Pea is a hardy and versatile tree/shrub that can grow in a wide range of low fertility soils and soil textures and will reach about 6ft tall, 3ft wide. Pollinators love the very attractive bright yellow-orange unique pea flowers. 

Peas are super nutritious and full of protein! They have a nutty taste/texture and can be harvested 5-8 months after planting. Pigeon pea improves soil content and soil structure, is ideal for 'chop and drop' mulching, and when planted close together quickly forms a thick hedge or living wall for a perfect natural windbreak.  Pigeon Pea is one of our favorite fast growing, drought resistant, extremely versatile permaculture plant.

Plant Type
Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub, Legume

Harvest Season
Late Summer - Winter

Mature Size
Up to 12 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture
Will grow faster, bigger, better, and live longer if they have plenty of water and nutrients but are also very tolerant of poor, sandy soils.

Light Requirements
Full Sun

Self-Fertile

Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation

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How to Grow Green Pigeon Pea

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub, Legume

Harvest Season: Late Summer - Winter

Mature Size: From 3-12 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture: Will grow faster, bigger, better, and live longer if they have plenty of water and nutrients but are also very tolerant of poor, sandy soils.

Exposure: Full Sun 

Zone Hardiness: 9+

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