Purple stems, lilac-rose blossoms and shiny, 2-3" magenta pods. While all parts of the plant are edible, it is recommended that the mature seeds be boiled twice before eating; used in Asian, Thai, and Indian cooking. Blooms and pods are useful as cut flowers; pods may be dried. Also known as bonavist-bean, and lablab-bean. Tender perennial in Zones 9-10. Best grown as an annual elsewhere.