What are the pros? Beautiful!
What are the cons? no dislikes
The first time I planted hyacinth bean it was my understanding that it was purely ornamental--and it is beautiful! The vigorous vines are perfect to create a Summer shady microclimate, quick privacy "fence", bean tower to add height, cover than less than wonderful retaining wall, or get that arbor covered with gorgeous purple blossoms and exotic looking purple pods.
The beans are edible and should be picked very small (while still tender) and are good steamed and cooled for a salad.
I've found the 3-4" spacing is adequate and each vine provides loads of beans and cut flowers.
The vine responds with vigor to any pruning or pinching. The first time I grew this bean I simply cut it at the ankles at the end of Summer as I moved onto my Winter crops. But, it just took off again! The trellis had been moved (which was an old metal frame from a box spring mattress) so I moved the plants and they are still in the garden 2 years later!
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