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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Mar 8, 2017 9:23 AM CST
I was "reading in a rush" the other day and somewhere on one of the threads I saw a pic that someone had posted of some kind of bean plant. I think they called it "Jack's Beanstalk", the bean pod was HUGE. What is the REAL name of this plant? I assume it is grown from seed...........it looks like something I'd like to have this coming summer. I googled Jack's Beanstalk and only came up with the story. LOL

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 8, 2017 9:33 AM CST
Canavalia gladiata is one I've grown before. The seed pods are huge, as are the beans. There's photos in the plant data base on NGA.
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Calif_Sue
Mar 8, 2017 11:02 AM CST

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I saw that post too, but don't remember where!
Sword Bean (Canavalia gladiata)
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Mar 8, 2017 11:05 AM CST
Yes, that's it. Thank you. I will have to see where I can find a few seeds.
Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Mar 13, 2017 12:55 AM CST
Sandi, do you remember where you got the seeds?
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farmerdill
Mar 13, 2017 5:59 AM CST
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003SQL3CC/. Jack beans are Canavalia ensiformis but sword beans Canavalia gladiata are similar and often sold as Jack beans. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003SQL3CC/. Sword beans are more readily available but both are rare. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003SQL3CC/ Google Jack Bean seeds.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Mar 13, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Thanks.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 13, 2017 6:54 AM CST
Anna, I don't remember. It would have been about 10 years ago. I was in a couple of Garden clubs and Master Gardeners at the time, plus Dave's Garden swaps. I can tell you they were sword beans and they had red, not white seeds. It's on my list list of things to do today to see if Barton Sprgs. Nursery can order some seeds for me. I'll see if they can find Sword Beans, also. I'm fairly sure I received mine as a plant, not seeds.

I believe these were also the ones that were used as "magic beans" years ago where they engraved a person's name on the seed and when it sprouted, the name showed on the sprouted seed.

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