Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

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28 Oct 18 Phil M (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in the Adelaide region and my winged bean plant has just completed a massive burst of flowers and crop. This seemed completely out of season as it was planted at least a year ago, barely survived summer without flowering throughout, survived winter without a problem (which seems to contradict its need for higher soil temperatures), then in mid-August took off with growth and flowers. I've just cut it right back so is it possible it will start new growth and survive another season?
01 Nov 18 Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Have a look at this article www.bbg.org/gardening/article/the_asparagus_pea
01 Nov 18 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I can't find if they are annual or perennial. Sounds like annual. Let them grow and see what happens.
10 Nov 18 Phil M (Australia - temperate climate)
After two weeks with regular watering, it has succumbed to nature, dried up and died, so it's definitely an annual. Contrary to what it states on the seed packet, I will not be starting off new seedlings until towards the end of summer and hoping for a repeat burst of flowers in late winter and early spring. Thank you also Liz for that article... what struck me in the comments section there was this from a Canberra grower.... 'I live in Canberra, Australia, and can report that I sowed some asparagus peas last spring. They didn’t produce much that season but, amazingly to me who had thought they wouldn’t last our winter here, they are flowering profusely and bearing fruit now, the second month of spring. And temperatures this winter got down to -7C!' This is very much how my own plants responded.

I can't find if they are annual or perennial. Sounds like annual. Let them grow and see what happens.

- Mike

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