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Dry Bean, Orca Bean, Ying Yang Bean, Yin Yang Bean, Anasazi Bean 'Calypso'

Phaseolus vulgaris

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Calypso
Additional cultivar information:(aka Orca, Yin Yang)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Days to Maturity:

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Menifee, California

Geneseo, Illinois

Plano, Illinois

Lucedale, Mississippi

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2009, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only, I have not grown this plant.

All of these names designate a dry bean that is generally believed to have originated with the Anasazi People of the American southwest.

They can be marketed as a specific named cultivar or are simply designated calypso, orca, yin yang and Anasazi. The descriptions are generally for a bean that is partially white and spotted with either black, brown or tan.

There are several strains of these beans and the names are sometimes used interchangeably to describe them. All of these beans are similar in appearance and many times beans the look identical. There are several variations of the Calypso bean that are marketed as separate cultivars, and a registered Orca cultivar.


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

According to one vendor's description, "A dramatic find from the Common Ground Fair Exhibition Hall years back. We knew instantly that we had to offer these stark and stunning beans with markings uncannily similar to the Chinese yin/yang symbol. This black and white dry bean even includes a contrasting dot. Though not as heavy a yielder as King of the Early, Calypso dependably produces 4-5 beans per pod, with a texture similar to Yellow Eye." (90 days)