Bean relative native to tropical areas of Africa, Asia, and South America with glossy mid-green leaves and curiously contorted striated pink flowers. Slow to get started, but the vines venture out in mid-summer. The roots of this species can be eaten boiled or raw. I don't think we'll try that – I'm just interested in observing how it does in our garden for a year.
||wild mung bean; wild cow pea; zombi pea
|| Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
|Some time after the flowers fade, fruit pods start appearing. They start as small soft-hairy green pods, then continue to grow and mature to dry brown beans – always held in pairs.
In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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- Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 75F (5d; 20%G, 2-5d) - sandpapered - 75F (30%G, 4-10d)
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July 03, 2017