EGYPTIAN BEAN VINE ~ Dolichos Lablab Vine
During 1804, it is reported that a gentleman gardener sold avid collector, Thomas Jefferson, a few Egyptian Beans. The twining-vine wowed Monticello's Kitchen Garden with an amazing display of freshly scented purple pea flowers amass a spectacle of lush green leaves. This showing was then followed by the vines ornamental claim to fame; its brilliant fushia seed pods! Today, the Egyptian Bean Vine when in bloom, remains a valued attraction in Jefferson's beloved gardens.
Highly ornamental and a beautiful, fast growing cover for your trellis or privacy fence. Vine generally reaches 10' feet in height, but can grow much taller in tropical zones. Zones: 4-11. Direct sow where you want them to grow. Vine needs support to climb.
Egyptian Bean Is Not Just An Ornamental~
Young pods of the Egyptian Bean can be eaten like a green bean and are great for stir fried meals. Prepare the plant's pea flowers and leaves like spinach: raw in salads, cooked, stir fried. **Note, dried beans can be boiled but with special care.When dried, the bean stores a toxin and therefore requires '2 change's of water' during cooking and before eating.