This popular climbing hyacinth bean is grown for its beauty as much as for its beans. The vigorous vine produces brilliantly colored purple flowers. The bean pods are also purple, with a flat, thick, curved shape. Often grown as an ornamental to cover a fence or trellis.
- Warm season annual
- Maturity: Approx. 90-100 days to maturity
- Planting season: Late spring to summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm and sunny location. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to a trellis. Harvest young pods.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Young pods can be sliced or used whole and taste better when they are slightly over-cooked. Boil or stir-fry well.
Warning: Hyacinth beans have naturally occuring cyanogenic
\glucoside (a plant compound that contains sugar and produces cyanide.) Humans or animals should never eat raw hyacinth beans. Always cook hyacinth beans well before eating because heat alters the cyanogenic glucosides.