The Native Plant Store is Now Open Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all 200+ species profiles added to the new store software
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Strophostyles leiosperma, Small Wild Bean 

Strophostyles leiosperma 

Small Wild Bean 

  • Annual Vine
  • Average to dry soils, prefers sandy conditions
  • Full Sun 
  • 6 tall vine-requires support
  • Summer blooms

Thrives in open woodlands or meadows, as well as sandy shorelines, as long as they have something to climb on

New to me, grown from seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery -Technically I tried growing some last year, but the squirrels got the seedlings ☹

Very similar Trailing Wild Bean, which I grew last year in a large pot, these are described as preferring sandier, dryer conditions.

While the pods of this bean are fuzzier than their Trailing cousins, their seeds are reportedly smooth and free of the fuzziness found on the Trailing species, which may be appealing to anyone considering these as a dry-bean crop.

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing at the link above for more details.

Photo by Windscorpion via Wikimedia Commons

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality