Fuzzy Bean

Strophostyles helvola

General Information:

This annual vine thrives in sandy soils and can be found in savannas, open fields and meadows usually occurring in smaller populations. It is commonly consumed by small mammals, and game birds will eat the seeds. Purple flowers are produced at the tip of the stalks and are about a half inch in diameter. 

Medicinal Uses:

Originally used by Native Americans, the fuzzy bean has been used to treat typhoid and was used topically for irritation, warts, and poison ivy. Today, it is commonly used as a laxative and to aid in respiratory issues. 

Did You Know:

The flower of the fuzzy bean has a spur-like projection that will curl up at the tip and look similar to an elephant’s trunk.