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Vigna unguiculata 'Chinese Red Noodle'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chinese Red Noodle

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kbirbeck On Jul 20, 2010, kbirbeck from Pittsboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine are growing well in record heat and humidity. The beans grow fast! They do attract least 3 varieties & all manner of wasps. I wonder if they have a faint smell only the insects can detect.

Next year I am thinking of planting them at the borders of my garden to possibly attract the ants there (instead of elsewhere) and to attract beneficial wasps.

Oh and they taste good. I pick them young and saute them.

Positive tesaje On Jul 28, 2008, tesaje from Jefferson, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a fun snap pole bean. The vines are prolific and the beans keep coming. You get a lot of bean out of them too since they are so long. They are a very tasty bean. They are quite skinny. What is really fun is that when you cook them, they turn a very deep purple. Other colored snap beans I've grown always turn the boring green color when cooked.

These are ornamental in the garden with the deep red color of the strands. They grow 2-3 on a stem from a big white colored flower. The flower is about an inch long and kind of flat but opens briefly into the regular legume flower form with a very pale blue color o the inside. Very easy to grow. I got my seeds from

They seem to attract ants like crazy, especially at the juncture of stem and bean. I had an ant bite me while picking them so now I tap the bean to shake the ants off before picking.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 5, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Deep red 18" pods are that even keep most their color when sauteed. Long vines produce all summer and do well under many conditions. Chinese ethnic variety that produces fairly early. Small red seeds.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wetumpka, Alabama
Eustis, Florida
Fruitland Park, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Jefferson, Maryland
Kingston, Massachusetts
Springfield, Missouri
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Jamestown, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Logan, Utah

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