Hyacinth Bean

Most likely a native of Africa, most specifically the East Sundanic Grasslands to the east of Lake Chad. According to archaeological data, the Hyacinth bean originated in Africa and traveled to India between 1600 and 1500 BC, where it was used as a significant food source. In the 1700s, hyacinth beans were initially introduced to Europe as a garden decorative. In the 1900s, they were brought to America and used as ornamental plants. The Hyacinth bean is a perennial vine that may grow up to twenty feet in one season. Their ability to grow freely along trellises and other supports makes them popular as an ornamental. Plants will thrive in warm to hot growing conditions and are drought tolerant.

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