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Arachis hypogaea

Peanut

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (192271)

Plant details

The next time you eat peanuts from the shell, why not try planting some, because you may be able to cultivate your own. The peanut plant has attractive, dark green divided leaves and yellow flowers. Its history is fascinating: as soon as blooms are pollinated, the stem of the flower bends towards the ground, eventually forcing the developing nuts into the soil. This is why some people call them 'groundnuts'. It requires a warm summer to produce fruit in the UK, but if you can grow them in a cold frame they should reliably produce nuts.

Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Arachis

Species: hypogaea

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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