The Purple Hyacinth Bean – Ornamental Edible, With Caution

What could be better than an edible plant beautiful enough to grace the arbors at Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello? The hyacinth bean has pretty flowers and leaves, but care must be taken to eat the beans themselves at the right time, because the dried beans are toxic.

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The Purple Hyacinth Bean – Ornamental Edible, With Caution