Jack Bean


Canavalia ensiformis.  Gorgeous plants!   The large leaves are thick and glossy, and the flowers are showy and very attractive.  Large white beans from huge plump foot-long pods borne on long vines. 

Jack beans originate in Central and South America but the archeological record shows they were part of southwestern diets as long ago as 700 AD.  Extremely rare today.  Young pods, leaves, and immature beans are edible when cooked; mature beans are mildly toxic so require rinsing and cooking in plenty of water. It is not advisable to eat large quantities.  From our Seed Bank Collection.

  • Origin: low desert
  • Requires a long growing season of 150 days or more, not suitable for northern climates or high elevations. 
  • Deep rooted, very drought tolerant once established
  • Frost sensitive, but can be semi-perennial in very warm climates.
  • Vines are not twining, must be secured to a support in order to climb.
  • Approx. 13.5 g/10 seeds per packet

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  • $4.25