Beach Bean (Canavalia rosea)

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Beach Bean (Canavalia rosea, synonym Canavalia maritima) is a salt-tolerant vine that’s got it all together. As a plant that thrives on sandy soils and full sun, it has a tendency to weave and spread into seaside landscapes that are vulnerable to drought and erosion. Canavalia rosea is a popular and heat-hardy ground cover in Florida, which is a great first step to transforming your yard into a native landscape that can act as restored ecosystems for wildlife.  It is a popular Florida native bean plant that is edible while seed pods are still young. However, when the bean pods are mature, they will require extra processing to eat! 

Enjoy Canavalia rosea’s signature fuchsia blooms that contrast the plant’s shrubby, lime green leaves throughout the year, with the most abundant bloom time in the peak of the summer. As any beach bum could tell you, plenty of heat, warm soil, and long summer days will help beach bean plants thrive.

Plant Type
Evergreen Perennial Fruiting Vine  

Harvest Season

Peaks in Summer-Fall

Mature Size
Up to 1ft tall and 40 ft wide

Soil & Moisture
 Moist, well-drained sandy soils

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


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How to Grow Beach Bean

Plant Type: Evergreen Perennial Fruiting Vine  

Harvest Season: Flowers and fruits all-year; peak Summer - Fall

Mature Size: Height from 0.5-1 ft tall, Width up to 40 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Moist, well-drained sandy soils

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

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