Purple Moon Hyacinth Bean (Pole)
Purple Moon Hyacinth Bean is an exotic ornamental plant that has brilliant magenta-purple hyacinth pods and lovely lavender-purple flowers! This beautiful plant is widely popular in Africa and Asian and is delicious in spicy curries and mashed with bananas. The beans and pods must be cooked with several changes of water due to the toxic presence of cyanogenic glycosides. However, the leaves may be eaten raw or cooked like spinach, the root may be boiled or baked, and the flowers may be eaten raw or steamed. Purple Moon is highly valued for its incredible health properties In parts of Africa and Asia, the leaves are crushed and sniffed to cure headaches, treat stomach troubles, increase appetite, and prepared to stimulate childbirth. Recent research found that it may neutralize influenza viruses and coronavirus (Liu, et. al 2023). Purple Moon Hyacinth plants are 3-6 feet tall, can reach up to 20 feet tall, and produce approximately 4 beans per pod.
Also Known As: Hyacinth Bean, Pole Beans, Lablab Beans, Papaya Bean, jahe, Njahi, Bonavist Pea, Dolichos Bean, Seim or Sem Bean, Egyptian Kidney Bean, Indian Bean, Bai Bian Dou, Bataw, Australian Pea.
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||Hyacinth, Purple Moon (Pole)
|Days to Germinate:||5-10|
|Days to Harvest:||60-120|
|USDA Zones:||2-12, Perennial 10-12
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation:Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.
Germination is faster when seeds are soaked in water for 4 hours. In the Spring, plant beans after all danger of frost has passed and soil is at least 65-70F. Plant pole beans in hills about 3 feet apart in the row. Space the rows about 3-5 feet apart. Place a 6-8-foot stake in the center of each hill. Plant 3-4 seeds around the stake about 1 inch deep in the soil. Planting in moist soil is best for seeds to germinate and emerge quickly. Hyacinth may start fruiting 60–65 days after sowing and continue for 90–120 days.
|Planting Depth:||1 inch|
||3 feet, stakes (4 beans per stake)
Care During the Season:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1.1 g||1%|
|Saturated fat 0.2 g||1%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 14 mg||0%|
|Potassium 654 mg||18%|
|Total Carbohydrate 40 g||13%|
|Protein 16 g||32%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|