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Soya

Glycine max

Also known as

Soy Bean, Soybean, Edamame

Glycine soja 7 by Dalgial (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1m

60cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Soya

A close up of a Glycine max plant Soyabean
A green Glycine max plant with some purple flowers
A close up of a tree
A photo of Soya

Soya Overview

Glycine max is a widely cultivated annual species from the pea family, Fabaceae. It produces delicate, pretty, purple-pink, pea-like flowers, attractively marked with white near the centre. Blooms appear from mid to late summer. It has an upright, bushy habit and is capable of reaching 2m in height, leaves are divided into groups of 3 leaflets, termed trifoliate. Commonly known by the names Soya Bean or Soybean, amongst other names. Glycine max is commercially cultivated for the hairy fruit pods, which are consumed as food. They form in clusters of between 3-5 pods, each containing between 2-4 seeds. Soybeans are a globally consumed food crop, the seeds are rich in protein and oil. The foliage may be used as forage, green manure or biofuel.

Common problems with Soya

How to propagate Soya

Seed

Special features of Soya

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Crop rotation