Coastal and Tropical South
Favorite or New Plant
Hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab) has reclaimed its rightful popularity in recent years. The green, bean-type leaves have purple veins, and the plant soars on a support in a sunny spot. Bright fuchsia-purple and white flowers soon follow and cover the vines. But the beans are the best -- shiny purple pods that hang for weeks, like Christmas in July (or August, September, and October). The beans store easily in paper envelopes for months, make a great gift or swap item, and sprout readily in warm weather.
At Hummingbirds of Florida you'll find a good list of plants, native and otherwise, that are known to be host plants to the butterflies of our region. Of special interest to readers will be the charts that reveal which plants are best suited for different areas.