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Strophostyles helvola

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Strophostyles (stro-foh-STY-leez) (Info)
Species: helvola (HEL-vol-a) (Info)

Synonym:Cajanus helvulus
Synonym:Dolichos helvulus
Synonym:Glycine helvula
Synonym:Glycine helvula
Synonym:Phaseolus helvula

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SteveOh On Sep 7, 2014, SteveOh from Cherry Grove, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grows well in poor soil, likes full sun. Typically 5-6 foot vines with somewhat sparse leaves. Very attractive to bees and other pollinators.

Prolific producers of seed pods that look like small versions of their domestic pole-bean cousins. Competes well and can form fairly dense mats if it can't climb, although it does not seem to crowd out other vegetation.

Pretty small pink flowers bloom throughout late summer and fall. Harvest is extended, with pods ripening from mid summer to mid fall, the plant will continue blooming until frost and will have pods in various stages of ripening throughout the harvest period.

Care should be take to pinch off at the stem when harvesting mature pods, as clipping off the top of the pod will cause the pod to "pop" and fling the seeds widely. Scissors help when harvesting mature beans.

Positive thebestmissy On Sep 25, 2010, thebestmissy from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I found this plant growing on my fence voluntarily. It has very pretty flowers. Thank you, birds!:)

Positive trois On Aug 28, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant growing wild reaches 8 to 10 feet and does not have dense foliage. When grown in flower beds with regular feeding and watering, this plant has fairly dense, attractive foliage and grows very rapidly in warm to hot weather. The blooms start when daytime highs reach the mid 80s. Once heavy blooming occurs, the growth slows.
In my flower bed it was growing at a rate of more than 4 feet a day and started blooming in a very short time, less than 3 weeks. The seed pods are like small green beans. They turn brown, then when ready to pick, turn tan.


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

Barbourville, Kentucky
New Orleans, Louisiana
Berlin, Maryland
Bethel, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dundee, Ohio
Loveland, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
North Augusta, South Carolina
Johnson City, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Beaumont, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Nevada, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Stafford, Virginia

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