Flowers Hyacinth Bean

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, we recommend boiling the mature seeds twice before eating. Used in Asian, Thai, and Indian cuisine. 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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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).

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. Trellis or other form of support is necessary.


Moderately fertile soil.


Zones 9-10.

Fresh: Harvest when 80% of flowers on stem are open.

When 1/2 on stem are shiny and firm to touch.

Edible flowers:
Harvest when flowers are fully open.

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

Dolichos lablab

Bonavist-bean, lablab-bean

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Dolichos lablab

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

110 - 120 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), 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
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Heirloom Heirloom
Seeds 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