Hyacinth bean is part of the Dolichos genus and its scientific name is Lablab purpureus. The purpureus part of this plant's botanical name means 'purple'.
Beautiful ornamental with stems and bean pods that are nearly metallic purple. All parts of the plant are technically edible, but dried bean pods must be boiled twice to be safe to eat.
As a legume, it will help fix Nitrogen in the soil, and prefers to be in low Nitrogen soil.This variety typically blooms in the following colours: Blue-violet and Lavender (floral) and Medium red-violet. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours: Palatinate purple and Pansy purple. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as Grade 1 Paint Green and Palatinate purple colour. Hyacinth bean grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering semi-edible legume / flower. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Hyacinth bean is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.95 feet (that's 60.0 cm in metric) with a climbing habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid autumn, followed by first harvests in early winter. Try planting Hyacinth bean if you'd like to attract butterflies, bees, and birds to your garden. Consider Ruby Moon, White, and Moonshadow to grow as they are very popular with home gardeners.
Typically, Hyacinth bean is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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Drought tolerant once established. The closer you live to the equator, the larger they can grow – and the stronger trellis you’ll need.Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 4 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Hyacinth bean requires a loamy, clay or silty soil with a ph of 6.1 - 7.8 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Hyacinth bean is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors.
Soak seeds 12-24 hours to speed germination.
Sow seeds two inches deep and 4 to 8 feet apart where they are to stay when the soil is warm with temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Hyacinth bean about 42 days before your last frost date .
Transplant when first vine appears or plant will tangle.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Hyacinth bean is a tender plant.
By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Hyacinth bean about 90 days before your last frost date.
Pick when pods turn brown
They are sometime self-seeding
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Hyacinth bean so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Hyacinth bean so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Hyacinth bean plants:
Food plant in Africa and India.
Dolichos lablab, Lablab violet, Lablab violet bean, Purple Lablab, Lablab bean, Indian Bean, calavance, seim, Egyptian Bean, njahi, bulay, bataw
Misspellings: Lablan bean, Lablan violet, Lablan violet bean, Lablan, Purple lablan, purple lablan bean,
29 Jun 2013
I’ve grown this plant previously, it’s remarkably beautiful and wildlife love it. I’ve never seen anything in nature to exhibit such a metallic purple! Great on a sturdy trellis.
12 Apr 2013
I find this a trouble free plant that just continues to grow from year to year, providing excellent ground cover, smothering weeds, even managing to suppress vigorous grasses during the wet season.
11 Oct 2012
plant finished for season, died off
Hyacinth bean care instructions
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