Dry Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Arikara Yellow'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Arikara Yellow
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Bush

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Somerville, Massachusetts

Boone, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 20, 2009, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Most of the small number of sources that offer this seed unfortunately don't note its biggest selling point - it sprouts in much cooler soil than most other garden beans. It can be planted at least a couple of weeks before the average last frost date in almost any climate. The Arikara in the name comes from the tribe in what is now the Dakotas, who were known to Europeans as the Arikara and had developed beans that would mature in the harsh climate and short growing season of the Dakotas. Lewis and Clark were the first Europeans to report "discovery" of the bean and according to Monticello's historic plant catalog (my original source for these, and highly recommended), these beans helped them survive a harsh winter during their explorations. It is called a dry bean both on this site an... read more

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On Oct 25, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Seeds were originally obtained from the Arikara tribe of North Dakota and introduced in Oscar Willís 1915 Pioneer Indian Collection of Seeds. Prolific plants produce yellow-tan seeds that are excellent for use as a dry bean. Good drought tolerance. Bush habit, 80-90 days.