Synonyms: Dolichos lablab, Bonavista bean, Egyptian bean, Lablab Beans
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I have grown this vine before as an ornamental. The beans are edible although some people report a toxic reaction to them. Eat them at your own risk! It is said that one or two water changes during boiling reduce the risk of a bad reaction. Livestock and wildlife don’t seem to have any problems eating them and it is a good source of protein for them.
As an ornamental plant this vine is wonderful. It grows from seed although when I have grown it I bought the plants already started. The flowers are beautiful as is the foliage. It is a ‘heavy’ grower and needs a strong support. It does self-seed so deadheading is recommended if you don’t want to have volunteers next year.
I wondered why it is called the Hyacinth Bean, as the flower doesn’t resemble a Hyacinth. I remembered that Hyacinth is actually a color described as: A deep purplish blue to vivid violet. That certainly covers the flower color and the color of the beans. There are a few horticultural selections out there including some white flowered, red flowered and dwarf forms.
‘H’ is for horse, too. This is one of the horses at the farm. He is retired now and I think he is 19 years old. He is a majestic animal. He always plays it a little coy when I bring carrots to work but soon he is happily munching them with the others. I am not posting his name, as I want to keep the client private. I saw in the barn that this horse had over $250,000 in winnings at the track (he is a thoroughbred) and looking over his pedigree his grandfather was no other than the great Secretariat. Even at his age he is quite a looker and for a magical moments when he sometimes takes off running across the pasture I think he is reliving his glory days. I am not really sure about that but he sure is beautiful to watch.
We finally got some rain yesterday, over an inch. That should help the garden as a lot of plants and trees were starting to struggle.
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tech the man
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Little Rock Daily Photo
Kissing the Dogwood
strolling through Georgia
Ruth's Garden Blog
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The Modern Goddess
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