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Joellen Anderson
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Hey all!

I put a bunch of vines in the ground in the spring...and now I don't know what one of them is! It's a runner bean with dark purple flowers and I am clueless. It isn't a hyacinth as far as I know....but the color is so unusual, Help!

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Did you plant a purple hyacinth bean? Sure looks like it!
 
Joellen Anderson
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K Putnam wrote:Did you plant a purple hyacinth bean? Sure looks like it!


Well I sure didn't mean to if I did! Haha The only hyacinth I thought I had was the Asian red-leaved hyacinth...and it doesn't look the same as the others that came up! Very strange :S
 
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The Hyacinth bean vine flowers seem to grow upward, mine grows down. Also the stems of the hyacinth are red and the leaves have red on them, my plant doesn't have any red and around the flower buds it's a very pale green. Super confused!
 
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Joellen Anderson wrote:The Hyacinth bean vine flowers seem to grow upward, mine grows down. Also the stems of the hyacinth are red and the leaves have red on them, my plant doesn't have any red and around the flower buds it's a very pale green. Super confused!


I think I found it on my own! I believe I have a velvet bean vine on my hands Didn't even know I had those seeds  :

 
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So.. Mucuna pruriens?
Lucky you, mine haven't produced anything but leaves this year.
 
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André Troylilas wrote:So.. Mucuna pruriens?
Lucky you, mine haven't produced anything but leaves this year.


Yep! I babied all the vines in that patch no matter which type. I thought they all died when my dogs trampled over them chasing after monkeys (#Indiaproblems). The morning glories popped right back and the Mucuna just kept on trucking! I lucked out
 
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If you want to use these as antidepressants, do you know how to prepare the beans?
 
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David The Good prepares them this way: Mucuna pruriens
 
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