Hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus)

Outside one of the Libraries in southern C.C. there is a lovely example of a Hawaiian bean plant growing right next to the entrance to the library. I have noticed people snipping off pods that contain the seeds so that they too can grow this plant for next year. Today it is producing both flowers and pods. ~Marjorie

Quick info:
Annual vine
Height–10+ feet, very vigorous.
Needs substantial support
Full sun
Average soil, mid-range PH
Purple blooms, blue green foliage, purple pods (not edible)
Bloom period: Mid-summer to mid-fall
Attracts butterflies, bees, birds
Start from seed either indoors or direct sow

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