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Hyacinth Bean Seeds

These exotic and tropical-looking bean vines produce gorgeous sprays of amethyst and violet blossoms on striking purple stems throughout the summer.

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$2.95
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Details

These hyacinth beans have been grown by my family for 3 generations. These exotic and tropical-looking bean vines produce gorgeous sprays of amethyst and violet blossoms on striking purple stems throughout the summer. The flowers mature into shiny purple, flat 3-inch pods. Flowers resemble sweet peas, without the scent. Hyacinth beans grow well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences. The epitome of ornamental!

Although the beans are edible, they must be cooked a particular way, so they are NOT recommended for eating.

Thomas Jefferson popularized the Hyacinth Bean in the United States when he began growing it in his garden in 1804. (One of the plantsmen he dealt with brought it from Europe, though it is originally native to Africa.) It is still grown at Monticello today!

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Lablab purpureus
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 14 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/8 in.
When to Sow Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Plant Spacing 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Purple, Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Fall, Mid-Summer
Growth Habit Pole
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Flowers are fragrant, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 70-80
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seeds Per Pack 25