This year my hyacinth Bean Vine has grown very slowly and isn’t as full and lush as it has been the past two years. But it is growing, and that is something to be said since this summer has been brutally hot and without rain. The first week in October it started flowering and it will continue until the first frost. It was worth the wait.
The following is information on the Hyacinth Bean Vine (compliments of The Dirt Doctor -Howard Garrett)
The Hyacinth Bean, also called Indian Bean and Egyptian Bean, is a plant of the family Fabaceae is a species of bean widespread as a food crop throughout the tropics, especially in Africa. It is also grown as forage and as an ornamental plant.
CULTURE: Very easy to grow in most soils.
USES: Late summer color, shade for arbor or trellis.
PROBLEMS: Black fuzzy caterpillars. Good news is that they grow up to be beautiful butterflies.
NOTES: Name is now Lablab purpureus. *I read in another area on line that the raw beans are poisonous *
Full Sun (a plus for me in South Texas)
Tall climbing: Wide spreading (My fence is 5’ & it would have climbed much higher)
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds !!
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Plant 1” deep
Germination – up to 14 -21 days
Plant will self seed in some climates
To collect seeds, allow bean to dry on vine.
Here are a few other links to information and photos of Hyacinth Bean Vine:
I love the dark purple stems and veins in the leaves. That just adds interest and dimension to it as it grows before it blooms.