Lablab purpureus is capable of growing in a wide range of climatic conditions and soil types, depending upon the variety chosen. It is widely cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics and occurs wild in tropical Africa (including Madagascar) and India. The palatability of lablab surpasses that of velvet beans or jack beans.
'Chiang Dao' is a white field lablab with white flowers collected by ECHO asia staff from Chiang Dao district in Thailand.
'Highworth' was introduced to Australia from Southern India. It is an early flowering variety with purple flowers and black seeds produced in non-shattering pods.
'Mix' contains several lablab varieties from ECHO including ''Rongai' (white flowers and light brown seeds), 'Highworth' (purple flowers and dark seeds) and 'White' (white seeds).
'Red Hyacinth' is a day-neutral lablab that has red stems with large scarlet pods that can be eaten when immature.
'Rongai' is a forage and green manure/cover crop variety with white flowers and light brown, edible seeds.
'Ruby Moon' grows on a vigorous vine, with purple to red seed pods and flowers. The seeds, young leaves, and flowers are eaten, and the plant is used as a green manure/cover crop.
'White' is a forage and food variety with large, edible, white seeds.