Family: Papilionaceae | Genus: VIGNA caracalla
type : Annuals, Perennials, Vines / Ground Covers
sun exposure : Full Sun
water : Regular Water
planting zones : TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
Plant Details

Tropical American native that generally resembles pole bean in form and foliage. The spring-to-summer flowers are different, though: fragrant, cream to pale purple, with lilac or purple markings and twisted keel petals that are coiled like a snail shellodd and pretty. Twines rapidly to 1020 feet.; good summer screen or bank cover. A favorite of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Evergreen in Tropical South; in colder regions, treat as annual or bring indoors for winter. Sometimes sold as Phaseolus gigantea. Formerly known as Phaseolus Caracalla.

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