Hyacinth Pole Bean Seeds

(P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Item #05234-PK-P1
$5.95
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Lilac blooms, red stems, and ruby-purple beans bloom all summer

Pole Bean

A beautiful twining legume, this entire plant is ornamental—the deep red stems and glossy veiny foliage bear an airy cascade of delicate, inch-long lilac-rose blossoms. Ruby-purple beanpods, 3 inches long, arise beneath the flowers over a long season. For a colorful ornamental display, Hyacinth Bean is unsurpassed.

The blooms arise all summer, and the beans mature in 80 days from a spring sowing in full sun. Give this plant something to climb and watch it take off. It reaches 10 feet tall.

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.

Although the beans are edible, they must be cooked a particular way, so it is not recommended for eating. Instead, harvest the seedpods right before first frost, and share the seeds with friends. And of course, because Hyacinth Bean is a legume, the plant is a nitrogen-fixer, invaluable in the garden. Chop it up and till it back into the soil at season's end to improve next year's garden.

Direct sow Hyacinth Bean if possible, waiting until the soil is reasonably warm in spring. Or, if your season is short, begin it indoors, but transplant the seedling as quickly as possible once temperatures are above freezing and the soil has started to warm. This is an annual bean, easy to grow and beautiful over a very long season. You will be so glad you tried it.

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Genus Dolichos
Species lablab
Item Form (P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Late Summer
Fruit Color Purple
Habit Vining
Seeds Per Pack 25
Plant Height 10 ft
Plant Width 12 in - 24 in
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Heirloom, Long Bloomers, Soil Builder, Trellises
Bloom Color Lavender
Foliage Color Medium Green
Harvest Season Late Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers

Product Review Summary

Based on 6 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

July 13, 2019

Jack and the Bean stalk

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Germinated within 3 days. Already leaning over ready to run.. Love this plant.. Gives you everything. Grew these in GA. and Texas. Did beautifully both places...

Sjusan from TX
May 06, 2019

Hyacinth Beans seeds

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

These seeds are wonderful! They germinated quickly and promise to to grace my fence with beautiful burgundy vines, lavender flowers, green leaves and burgundy seed pods. Beautiful creation!

Diane from OK
May 25, 2015

Tasted Good

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

It tasted like a mix between soybeans and pinto beans. Because the beans are mildly poisonous, you have to boil the beans for a long period of time over a few boils. It's worth the wait, and it made a lot of beans.

Bob Joe DcDonald from GA
November 09, 2014

Easy to grow.

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Foliage, Purple flowers and purple beans are beautiful. Planted in Texas in poor soil. Strong plant, it will climb at least 6 ft and possibly more. I planted it on 2 trellises. The trellis' were not anchored well and the plant pushed them over. Love the plant though, beautiful. This must be the 'jack and the beanstalk' plant! Planted about 5 bean seeds in a group next to each trellis. Watered routinely until the beans emerged, then just let the 2x a week lawn sprinkler keep it going.

Julie F. from TX
November 09, 2014

Easy to grow.

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Foliage, Purple flowers and purple beans are beautiful. Planted in Texas in poor soil. Strong plant, it will climb at least 6 ft and possibly more. I planted it on 2 trellises. The trellis' were not anchored well and the plant pushed them over. Love the plant though, beautiful. This must be the 'jack and the beanstalk' plant! Planted about 5 bean seeds in a group next to each trellis. Watered routinely until the beans emerged, then just let the 2x a week lawn sprinkler keep it going.

Julie F. from TX

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