Hyacinth Bean? - I Don't Think So!!!!

ARUM(7)January 10, 2007

A girl sent me a bean that looks like the Hyacinth Bean, but it's white and has an even whiter line down the side. (She said it was a white Hyacinth Bean,since then I have aquired the real white one). I planted it and it grew like mad, went absolutely crazy, strangled almost everything in my garden, didn't bloom at all, till I finally got disgusted while waiting for a bloom, and RIPPID it out! Till this day, I don't know what it was. Any ideas? :) arum

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jimster(z7a MA)

Nope. No ideas. Do you have any?

Jim

    Bookmark   January 10, 2007 at 9:30PM
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tedposey

Lmao. Maybe it was a jicama!.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2007 at 9:37PM
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ARUM(7)

Nope, - no ideas here. :)

    Bookmark   January 10, 2007 at 10:03PM
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solanum1

There is a white-seeded Hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab). Usually the flowers are white as well. Very invasive as you found out and it often only starts to flower in its second year. I think it is mainly used in Chinese medicine.
I am adding a link to the white lablab.
Rose-Marie

Here is a link that might be useful: White Hyacinth bean

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 3:45PM
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ARUM(7)

Rose-Marie, you might have something there! Maybe it didn't bloom because it was going to bloom the next summer. Hummmmmmm. :) Arum

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 11:25PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

I agree with Rose-Marie; the description of the plant & seed seems to match. Hyacinth beans are long season, perhaps even daylength-sensitive (which is why mine bloomed in September?). This might explain the lack of blossoms.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 11:55PM
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ARUM(7)

Now don't get me wrong, I DO have a white variety that is fragrant, and takes a short season to do what it does, it's just that this one weird bean acts so differently, that I think it's and from another planet. :)

    Bookmark   January 12, 2007 at 12:59AM
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chaman(z7MD)

Zeedman has given a good scientific point of view.If you rule that out then another possibility is that there may be too much Nitrogen in the soil.Try to remove Nitrogen by planting corn first and after harvesting corn, plant the bean to see if that is the reason.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2007 at 11:17AM
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