Egyptian bean

Lablab purpureus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Egyptian bean (Lablab purpureus)
Synonyms:  Dolichos lablab
Genus:  Lablab
This vigorous perennial climber bears clusters of plum-colored flower buds that open into fragrant, pinky-purple blossoms. They age to lilac and white, giving older flowers a two-toned effect. Blooms mature to glossy, burgundy bean pods that remain colorful for several weeks.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Some references list these beans as edible, others as mildly toxic. 
Care:  Grow in full sun and most any well-drained soil. Provide support.
Propagation:  In cool climates, sow seed indoors in spring. In warm climates, sow in situ when the soil is warm.
Problems:  Occasionally affected by leaf spot and slugs.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Suitable as Annual,
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Vines

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