Lablab – Dolichos – Bonavist Bean – Lablab Bean -
There is a single species of a fast growing, short lived, herbaceous, perennial climber in this genus. It occur in scrub in tropical Africa. It produces twining stems that carry alternate, 3 palmate leaves, and short, axillary racemes of fragrant, pea like flowers. L. purpureus is extensively grown in Asia and North Africa for its edible fruit pods. Train over a pergola or wall.
Grow in any well drained soil in full sun.
Prone to leaf spots.
L. purpureus – Dolichos lablab – D. niger – D. purpureus – Egyptian Bean – Hyacinth Bean – Indian Bean – This fast growing, twinning, perennial climber from tropical Africa reaches 6-20′ feet high. It produces strongly veined, 3 palmate,, mid to dark green leaves, composed of ovate to triangular leaflets, 4-6″ long. Mainly in summer and autumn it bears fragrant, purple or white flowers, to 1″ long, in racemes 8-16″ long, followed by nearly flat, edible seed pods, 4-6″ long, are flushed or entirely purple, and contains 3-6 white to buff, reddish brown, brown, or black beans.
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