FirstFallenStar
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Would love help identifying flowering vine!

Greetings, everyone! Total newbie here who would love some help from some fine folks with some know-how and know-what!

I collected some seeds (looked like blackeye peas, but with the colors reversed) from some pods while waiting outside a restaurant last year. This year, I planted the 4 seeds. 3 of the plants were destroyed in a storm, but 1 survived. In any case, the plant is a vine about 10 feet high at this point and far from done growing. The vine doesn't branch much at all, just spits out leaves in threes every so many inches. The flower just sprouted.

I like the vine and would love to know what I have. (No, the folks at the restaurant didn't know.) The entire plant looks VERY similar to one I saw growing out in a field in a conservation area nearby. (I'm not botanist. I just have a biology degree.) Could anyone shed some light on this mystery for me?

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Kisal
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It looks to me like "perennial pea," a perennial version of the common annual known as "sweet pea." The seeds are not edible, btw. :)

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Roger
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To me, it looks a lot like a Purple Hyacinth Bean [Lablab purpureus]. Dark red colored vines, deep green leaves, and pink flowers/magenta pods ?Some pictures at this site, with the seeds which themselves are pretty:
[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_bean[/url]

I've grown Hyacinth beans in my garden now for three years; they are very pretty especially late in the summer when they seem to thrive best. They also seem to be extremely healthy in my climate, growing as you mentioned as much as ten feet long with numerous and repeated blooms almost up until frost.

I've not tried eating them yet; a lot of source say that they are slightly poisonous and have to be washed/water changed two or three times while boiling.

FirstFallenStar
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Thanks to both of you for taking the time to reply! I do appreciate it! I think the plant is the hyacinth bean, too, after looking at other photos of the plants. What a beautiful plant!



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