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Lablab

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.

Zones 9-11


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