Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What can you tell me about hyacinth bean?

My introduction to the world of flowering vines this past weekend was informative but too short to really answer all of my questions. Before attempting to grow any vines that might fail miserably or get completely out of control, I want to learn more and so I have put vines on my to-do list for next year. (How can I be planning for next year when this growing season has barely begun?!)

So I am turning to the community at large for some tips. Who knows about and/or grows hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus)? This annual really caught my eye because I love blue and purple blooms, and its seed pod is extremely ornamental (plus what a great botanical name). Can it survive in partial sun? Will it flower if grown in such conditions? Can it withstand a little dryness or is it a water-hog? Does it twine with petioles? Is it aggressive? If you can shed any light on this plant, please leave me a comment!

5 comments:

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Sorry, I haven't a clue. I've never grown it. It's really pretty.

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Rose, it's been a while since I've grown it. From what I remember, it blooms best in full sun but can handle a little shade. It should be pretty drought tolerant once it gets going. I can't remember if it twines with petioles or just climbs. It's pretty aggressive here in south central Texas but in your climate, it may be less so.

I hope someone closer to you will chime in with more info!

Gail said...

Hi...It needs at least 60 degree weather to germinate so start it indoors if your summer is short. It twines up a trellis, It's an annual so it does need to be watered weekly...It is lovely and only gets about 4 hours of sun in my garden...Hope that helps! gail

Nancy said...

It does need a trellis. I grow mine on an arch that gets partial shade/sun during different parts of the day. My plant is actually entering it's third summer. It can grow pretty fast, but it's not too hard to keep under control. I think mine would like to have more sun, but that's just not going to happen.

rambleonrose said...

Cindy, Gail and Nancy--Thank you so much! This is great to know, and I think it'll make it here in my garden! If it can survive partial shade in various places it should be OK here, and I want a trellis climber, so it looks like we've got a winner! Thanks for the advice!

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