Dry Bean, Yin Yang Bean, Calypso Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Orca'

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

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:

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

Regional

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

Lucedale, Mississippi

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Information only, I have not grown this bean.

The terms orca, yin yang and calypso are all descriptors for these dry beans with two distinct color areas. Most often, orcas tend to be black and white like their name sake, while the others can be black and white, brown and white or white and tan. The dry bean grown by the Anasazi native peoples is probably the source of the original strain.

The names are used interchangeably as cultivar names or descriptive common names by gardeners and vendors alike. The exception is the specific Orca cultivar developed by Washington State University.

There are beans known as orca beans that are not the cultivar Orca.

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On Aug 16, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A black and white bean.