A.K.A. Amberique Bean (Trailing Wild Bean) is a native twining annual vine, reaching 3 to 8 feet in length, that by maturity may have a reddish-purple coloration on the stems and leaf stalks. This sandy and full sun loving plant is a nitrogen fixer! This plant was used medicinally and as food by Native American peoples. The Houma people used it to treat typhoid and the Iroquois used it topically for poison ivy irritation and warts. The Choctaw people used the boiled, mashed roots for food. Discovery of large quantities of S. helvola seeds in archaeological sites also suggests a use similar to common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris, of which this wild species is a distant relative of) at one time; though the seeds are smaller than cultivated bean, it is nutritionally similar and possesses the largest seeds and pods for the genus. The pods have been used in the present day as a sauteed vegetable in the Phillipines. This particular population was collected in Harford County, Maryland by Scott Malpass. ~20 seed per packet. Sporadic germination.
This variety is part of our partnership with local Maryland seed saver and enthusiast Scott Malpass and his 'Scottland' Seed Business. A portion of sales of all varieties with Scott's Scottland association will be donated back to him to further support his seed saving work and community involvement in Maryland.