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Lablab purpureus 'Antaque Rouge'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lablab (LAB-lab) (Info)
Species: purpureus (pur-PUR-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Antaque Rouge

Synonym:Dolichos lablab

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tardis On Jul 16, 2010, tardis from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

This is a spectacular, easy to grow vine with abundant, exceptionally fragrant flower clusters, beautiful purple seed pods and attractive, large black and white seeds. I wish more people knew about this lovely plant.

Positive John_in_Garland On May 2, 2010, John_in_Garland from Garland, TX wrote:

Caution eating mature dry seed: High concentrations of cyanogenic glucosides (cyanide).

Don't know my variety. Puple flowers, purple pods. Vigorous growth in N. Texas. Save seed from dry pods. Good at least 2 years with refrigeration.

Positive anniegolden On Dec 29, 2009, anniegolden from Dover, DE wrote:

I think the beans in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' must have been Hyacinth Beans. The vines are very long (15 feet or more) and the flowers and beans are produced non-stop until frost. It was fun to grow, and pretty, but I had to cut it back more than once during the summer. The young pods are edible and we liked them best in minestrone since they are flat like romano beans. The black and white seeds are striking also.

Neutral Xeramtheum On Feb 4, 2008, Xeramtheum from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

A rare variety from the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean. Purple flowers and pods.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Irvington, Alabama
Joppa, Alabama
Dover, Delaware
Chiefland, Florida
Deland, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Kansas City, Kansas
Paintsville, Kentucky
West Monroe, Louisiana
Albuquerque, New Mexico
High Point, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Newton, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas

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