Decaisnea fargesii Blue Bean Shrub

Description: Sometimes better known as dead man’s fingers, blue sausage plant and blue bean plant. This name comes from the dark blue long finger like seed cases that hold a mushy sweet flavoured flesh. It has bold divided leaves which can be up to 90cm in length, often tinged with blue in spring they turn a clear yellow colour in autumn. Around June it produces long sprays of greenish yellow flowers.

History: Discovered by Abbé Farges growing in western China, in around 1895. It was named after the French botanist Joseph Decaisne and also after Abbe Farges.

Decaisnea Growing Tips: Best grown in fetile, moist but well drained soil in sun or partial shade postition. Plant in a sheltered position away from strong winds.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 3m


  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: June
  • S Size: Small
  • Replacement prune
  • Autumn colour
  • Wet tolerant

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