Pest Information

Phasey Bean

Phasey Bean

  • Latin Name: Macroptilium Lathyroides
  • Common Name: Phasey Bean
  • Other Names: Wild bushbean

Pest Details

Phasey Bean
Phasey Bean
Phasey Bean


A native plant in the United States, and found in the extreme southeast states and into the West Indies, as well as in Hawaii.


Plants may be an annual or perennial, reproducing from seeds. Found along roadsides and is disturbed sites.


Plants are medium sized but with a prominent flower stalk, usually with only one or two flowers open at any time. Stems are smooth and rigid, with plants growing upright. The leaves are compound on a long stalk, each leaf divided into 3 elongate, lance-shaped leaflets. These are dark green and hairless, and are widened with lobes at their bases. The large, irregular flowers are a bright reddish-pink, and occur along the tall flower stem.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Hand removal is effective. Usually not an invasive weed problem.

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