Strophostyles helvola (Amberique Bean) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep. One option is to start in a pot outdoors in late fall to late winter (the winter-sowing approach can work well). Another option is to nick the seeds and soak them overnight, then sow in pots indoors in late winter to mid spring or outdoors in late spring. The last time I started this species from seed, I sowed indoors on April 30. The seeds I nicked and soaked germinated in about a week; of those I did not, only one sprouted, after about 2 weeks.

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Amberique bean (Stropohostyles helvola or S. helvula), also known as trailing fuzzybean or trailing wild bean, is worth a look if you’re hunting for an unusual annual vine, or if you’re focusing on native plants for your garden. If there is not a trellis or a taller companion close by, the plants will trail along the ground. Given support, this twining vine can grow to about 8 feet tall (possibly taller in rich soil), with small, white to pink flowers that mature into slender pods filled with fuzzy, pink-tinged seeds. It grows wild in much of the eastern half of North America. I collected these seeds from plants that grow wild in my meadow in Bucks County, PA. Full sun. Annual. Be aware that this species can self-sow freely if you don’t remove the drying pods before they pop open.

Collected in September 2023. At least 15 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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