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botanical name:
Lablab purpureus
Lablab purpureus © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Hyacinth bean, Indian bean, Egyptian bean
synonyms:  Dolichos lablab
family:  Caesalpiniaceae
characteristics: climber
height: 6.00m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: twining
leaf colour: purple & green
flower colour: purple
fruit colour: purple & green
stem/bark: purple & green
main season:
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 7°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
Short-lived perennial twining climber but usually grown as a half-hardy annual. The 3-palmate leaves are purplish-green above and purple-maroon underneath. Very attractive fragrant flowers of purple, lilac and mauve. Edible purple-flushed green seed pods follow.

Extensively grown, especially in North America, as an ornamental climber and for its nutritious edible beans.

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