Comment concerning Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus): Do these do better in shade or sun in our zone?

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As a comment about Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus), Sharon wrote:

This vine surprised me. Here in the heat of western Kentucky most vines die out by the end of July, but not the Purple Hyacinth Bean vine. It seemed to grow and bloom forever, long after the leaves had fallen from the deciduous trees. It's a great vine for covering fences or a trellis quickly, producing purple flowers and those striking electric-purple colored seed pods. Lablab bean is a good choice for a quick screen, though. It grows so fast, has beautiful, fragrant flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and it even produces edible leaves, flowers, and roots. Dry seeds are poisonous due to high concentrations of cyanogenic glucosides. I particularly like it because of the numbers of hummingbirds it attracts.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 10:46 PM CST
I'm thinking beans would prefer shade, but I'm wondering if I'm wrong, since I haven't been able to get it to grow well in partly shady areas two years in a row. Does it prefer wet or dry conditions?
central Illinois
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jmorth
Feb 2, 2015 10:56 PM CST
I've grown them where they got sun nearly all day. They twinned up a basketball hoop post (10 ft).

Night shot.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 11:10 PM CST
Okay, I'll try it in the front garden then. Another hefty serving of drama coming up (I hope)!
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 11:13 PM CST
And I meant to say--that's a gorgeous night-time pic. Even in semi-darkness that is one plant that is obviously amazing.
central Illinois
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jmorth
Feb 2, 2015 11:22 PM CST
It may be more than 1 plant, we grew them to act as a screen around an old dog house/concrete slab and the neighbor's next door.
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