Saturday, November 03, 2007

But the pods aren't purple

The one giant bean plant by the gate has pods that aren't purple and never have been purple. They start out pale green and then, when they turn papery, they're a greenish-white color. The seeds, though, do look like those of dolichos lablab, although perhaps smaller. This is the plant whose blossoms emit a cloying scent that can be smelled quite a distance away. The plants that produced purple pods did not have flowers that smelled this strong. Those producing purple pods all seem to be done with blooming, at least for the time being, but this giant sprawler is still producing flowers like crazy.


At 8:06 PM, November 10, 2007, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Rantor,

This seed company has several kinds of Dolichos seeds listed, including a white-flowered kind. In the text it's mentioned that this is the dark-seeded flowering type, rather than the white-seeded food crop type. Maybe your odd bean is from that category?

I like my green-leaved purple variety but that white flower might be lovely in the right spot.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

At 12:47 AM, November 11, 2007, Blogger Rantor said...

Years ago, I gr3w the white-flowered variety, but this plant has flowers exactly the same color as the purple-podded plants. It's either a sport of some kind or was included in the seed packet by mistake, I'd guess, because all that's been bought and planted recently has been from the same packet. This plant continues to be extremeloy prolific of flowers and seed pods (pale greenish color, never shiny at all, and lightening in color even more as the seeds mature and the pods dry) and extremely odiferous.


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