Exotic and tropical-looking hyacinth Bean vines flaunt gorgeous sprays of amethyst and violet blossoms, borne on striking purple stems throughout warm summer weather. The rich hued flowers mature into shiny, 3" pods that hang like purple patent leather ornaments against the dense canopy of twining foliage. These show-stopping climbers win the admiring attention of all our garden visitors.
The pods and flowers must be eaten when young because dried beans have high concentrations of cyanogenic glucosides and are poisonous.Fabaceae Psophocarpus, Dolichos, Vigna, species lablab
This form of bean known as Hyacinth Beans are highly productive when given the right amount of space and support. They tolerate heat and humidity due to the its origins in tropical Africa. The growth is a vine, producing purple flowers and a purple colored seed pod. The pods and flowers must be eaten when young because dried beans have high concentrations of cyanogenic glucosides and are poisonous.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 70-80 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
Hyacinth Beans are very frost tender and shouldn't be planted until the soil has warmed up.
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
Hyacinth Beans are quite easy to grow. They like full sun, and need some kind of support. They grow very quickly if it's warm enough, and prefer rich, well-draining soil.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 90°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Don’t plant Pole Beans out until all frost danger is past and the soil is warm (at least 60˚ F and ideally 80˚ F).
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
For best production, beans should have evenly moist soil at all times.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own (if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it). They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.
- Drought tolerant, High heat
- Small Gardens?
Beans are not a good candidate for container growing.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
The pods and flowers must be eaten when young because dried beans have high concentrations of cyanogenic glucosides and are poisonous.