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Lablab purpureus (Egyptian bean, Hyacinth bean, Indian bean, Lablab)

Lablab purpureus Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Lablab purpureus Common Name: Egyptian bean, Hyacinth bean, Indian bean, Lablab Synonyms: Dolichos lablab, Dolichos niger, Dolichos purpureus 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Suitable as Annual, Trellis
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Vines

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