Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean

Hyacinth Bean vines (Lablab purpureus) produce flattened, shiny magenta-purple pods that have almost serrated-like edges. They are hardier and more cold tolerant than the typical pole and bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) and their edibility is contentious.

Seeds are certified organic.

Size: Packet: 12 seeds (3 grams), OG

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I first encountered hyacinth beans (Lablab purpureus; sometimes referred to as Dochlios lablab) in the Bronx Botanical Garden during one of my brief stints living in New York City. These vines produce pronounced, shiny magenta-purple pods that have almost serrated-like edges. I knew one day we would need to grow them on our farm, and this summer we finally invested in the trellises necessary to grow them. Other than that, they've proven quite easy to grow, and will perennialize in warmer winter climates. Hyacinth Beans are not the same genus/species as typical pole and bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Their edibility is contentious – the mature pods and beans shouldn't be eaten without many changes of water, but young pods, flowers and foliage can be eaten raw. -Quin

80 days for fresh beans. Perennial.
Seeds are certified organic.

Common Name:
Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean
Scientific Name:
Lablab purpureus
A hardy ornamental vine with gorgeous flowers and purple/ maroon bean pods.
Plant Lifespan:
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 9b
Light Requirements:
Full Sun (min. 6 hours a day)
Seed In:
Late Spring
Seeding Depth:
1/2 in.
Days to Sprout:
Optimal Soil Temperature (F):
Plant Spacing:
1-3 ft.
Average Days from Seed to Harvest:

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