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Dry Bean 'Selma Zebra'

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: Selma Zebra
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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:

101 to 110 days

Bloom Color:


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:

Augusta, Georgia

Jackson, Georgia

Pineville, Louisiana

Gold Beach, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2013, PlantBabysitter from Pineville, LA wrote:

My grandmother grew these beans since before I was born, and we have always saved seeds for the next year. I have never tasted a better pole snap bean. They grow themselves and are prolific.


On Jul 14, 2006, pati2 from Jackson, GA wrote:

I have grown this bean for many years. My husband's father grew them from seeds he was given and gave us the seed.We eat the pod and bean but like others we have never found anyone who sells the seed so we collect dry pods at end of season. Nice to finally discover that the name is Selma zebra beans.


On Nov 19, 2005, pelican333 from Gold Beach, OR wrote:

My experience with the Selma Zebra bean was quite different. I grew them to eat green, pods and all. This was without a doubt the best tasting bean that I've ever had. The red/purple markings on the pod disappear when cooked. This spring I planted 6 seeds I found left over from the 2001 crop. All germinated and there are enough to plant a pretty good crop in 2006.


On Aug 19, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I grew this one several years ago unaware that it was purely a dry shelling bean, Vermont Bean Seed was not very explicit in their description, It is very early and yields well. Slender pods are blue streaked, very pretty. Never tried the beans, so I can't tell you about flavor. Pods are inedible.