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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Big Mama'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Mama

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Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days
81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MaryArneson On Sep 3, 2014, MaryArneson from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I had never grown lima beans, and my husband wasn't enthusiastic about eating them, but the description of these sounded so good that I took a chance on a packet. The vines grew to enormous size, with lots of pods, and the flavor converted my husband to a fan. It's a fair amount of work to open the pods, and there are just a few of the huge beans in each one, but they are worth the effort.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 10, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A giant lima, with large vines,and 8 inch pods. Pale green beans which dry to white are the size of a teaspoon.


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

Camanche, Iowa
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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