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Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers

Variety's Flowers may be consumed.

Good for Trellising

Good for Trellising

Variety requires a trellis in order to grow properly.



HL = Heirloom. Seeds which have been saved over many years and passed down, in original form, from generation to generation.

Ideal for Drying and Crafts

Ideal for Drying and Crafts

Variety is excellent for creating dried Flowers.

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets

Good variety to choose for fresh cut Flowers displays.

Ruby Moon

Ruby MoonHyacinth 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.

Product Price Qty
1002Packet  $4.95 
100250 Seeds  $12.00 
1002100 Seeds  $21.15 
1002250 Seeds  $38.60 
1002500 Seeds  $69.60 
10021,000 Seeds  $131.65 

Quick Facts

Days to Maturity or Bloom:   110-120

Plant Cycle:   (TP)  

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Edible Flowers   Good for Trellising   Heirloom   Ideal for Drying and Crafts   Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets  

Shipping Information & Notes

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.

Please Note: 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.

Growing Information

Hyacinth Bean

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.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Moderately fertile soil.



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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