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Dolichos lablab 'Ruby Moon'

Hyacinth bean

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Ruby Moon' is a fun mix of scented, sweet pea-like pink and white flowers, which are followed by large, dark purple to brown seed pods, all set against the green and purple-brown leaves. Very effective grown up pergolas, a trellis fixed to a wall, or over arches. Sow the seed in a frost-free greenhouse, and stand the young plants outside during the day, bringing them in at night, until they are acclimatised and the weather has warmed up.

Family: Leguminoseae

Genus: Dolichos

Species: lablab

Cultivar: Ruby Moon

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: April to April


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