Well, at least it covers the chain link fence.
August 14, 2014 9:17 PM Subscribe
Plantfilter: What is this large flowering leafy bean plant in our yard? The plant in question
(scroll down, it's an album of pics) is a large, leafy beast growing up and over our back fence in Los Angeles.
posted by erst to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It grows quickly, stays green all spring, summer, and fall, and dies back to leafless sticks in the winter. We haven't watered at all this summer due to drought and the thing is still growing like crazy.
The large orange flowers don't seem to have a scent but they attract hummingbirds and bugs, and then turn into huge beans of some sort in late summer. Small versions of the plant are starting to appear out of the ground in random areas of the yard. Not sure if it propagates underground or by seed.
The hands in the pictures of the flowers and beans are mine for size reference; I'm an average sized adult female.
What have we got here? Is it edible? Poisonous? At any rate, it's nicer to look at than the chain link fence.