Flowers Hyacinth Bean Ruby Moon

Ruby Moon

Hyacinth Bean Seed

Product ID: 1002

Provides color all season.

Purple stems, lilac-rose blossoms and shiny, 2-3" magenta pods. While all parts of the plant are edible, it is recommended that the mature seeds be boiled twice before eating; used in Asian, Thai, and Indian cooking. Blooms and pods are useful as cut flowers; pods may be dried. Also known as bonavist-bean, and lablab-bean. Tender perennial in Zones 9-10. Best grown as an annual elsewhere.

•Edible Flowers: Flowers can be eaten raw or steamed, and can be used as a garnish for salads and desserts. Flavor is mild, bean-like, and sweet. A favorite in our taste tests.

Ht. 10-20'. Avg. 100 seeds/oz. Packet: 15 seeds.
Mature seeds must be boiled before eating. Like most soybeans, they contain a trypsin inhibitor that is broken down by heat as well as a cyanogenic glucoside that is leached out by the cooking water.

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Packet

$4.95
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50 Seeds

$12.35
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100 Seeds

$21.80
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250 Seeds

$39.75
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500 Seeds

$71.70
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1,000 Seeds

$135.60
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Additional Information

Young, tender pods are boiled and eaten like green beans or snow peas or used as a curry vegetable. Popular in the Asian tropics. The leaves can be eaten like spinach, and the flowers can be eaten raw, steamed, or added to soups or stews. Dried seeds are cooked in any of the ways commonly used for beans.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-12 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).

SOWING: Trellis or other support is necessary.
Transplant: Sow 4-6 weeks before last frost. Plant 2 seeds 1/2" deep in individual containers. Thin to one plant per pot, leaving the strongest, most purple seedling. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.
Direct seed: After last frost, sow about 6 seeds per foot, 1/2" deep. When the seedlings have true leaves, thin to 12" apart.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Moderately fertile soil.

PLANT SPACING: 12".

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 9-10.

HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when 80% of flowers on stem are open.
Pods: When 1/2 on stem are shiny and firm to touch.
Edible flowers: Harvest when flowers are fully open.

USES: Cut flower. Seeds, young leaves, and flowers are completely edible. Quick cover for arbors, walls, fences, and trellises.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Dolichos lablab
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
110 - 120 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Tender Perennial
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Good variety to choose for fresh cut Flowers displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried Flowers.
Good for Trellising Good for Trellising
Variety requires a trellis in order to grow properly.
Heirloom Heirloom
HL = Heirloom. Seeds which have been saved over many years and passed down, in original form, from generation to generation.
Edible Flowers Edible Flowers
Variety's Flowers may be consumed.
Heirloom Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Edible Flowers Ideal for Drying and Crafts Good for Trellising