HYACINTH VINE SEEDS
Hyacinth Bean Vine
Lablab purpureus syn. Dolichos lablab
RUBY MOON Hyacinth Vine
Ruby Moon hyacinth vine is a showy climber with green and wine-colored foliage, fragrant lilac-rose flowers, followed by shiny-magenta 2-3″ pods. Blooms and pods can be used for cutting. Growth is twining and vigorous to 10-20´ tall. Ruby Moon hyacinth vine is perfect for training on trellises, arbors, walls, or fences. Plants are perennial in zones 9 and 10 and can be grown as an annual everywhere.
Dr. Allan Armitage discusses Hyacinth Bean Vine.
How to Plant Hyacinth Vine Seeds
Sow Ruby Moon hyacinth vine seeds indoors, 4-6 weeks before the last frost, 2 seeds per container. Select the most purple seedlings and thin the rest. Transplant into the garden 12 inches apart. Can direct sow after all danger of frost, 4-6 seeds per foot. Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart.
Growing hyacinth vine: Full sun, part shade in hottest climates. Any soil with good drainage. Plants tolerate drought, bloom is heavier with regular water. Flashy, fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Pods follow, are as showy as flowers. Immature pods are cooked like green beans. Young leaves added to salads or prepared like spinach. Flowers eaten raw or steamed. Tuberous roots boiled and baked. Immature seeds boiled. Dried seeds contain toxic levels of cyanogenic glucosides.