The pods can easily get to be a foot long and are very heavy.
Seeds average about 1 in. in length and are pink.
The buds are a bright pink to lavender-violet. The pod forms from the center part.
Canavalia gladiata: unfurling bloom cluster
Canavalia gladiata bloom
Canavalia gladiata leaf, seed pod and flower
Canavalia gladiata pod size
Grown in Milton, Florida from an "Easter Egg" gift
Wow...this seedling was 8" tall, and the cotyledons were the size of half-dollars...what a crazy bean!
This plant was grown completely on a windowsill that received lots of sunlight. It produced one bean pod with seven seeds that have each successfully sprouted.
Sword Beans/Jack's Beans drying on vine, November 9, 2009
This picture was taken on 4/27/2010, 14 days after planting. The bean was soaked in vinegar.