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PlantFiles: Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Peter'

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

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days
91 to 100 days
101 to 110 days

Bloom Color:

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RODNORTH On Jul 12, 2007, RODNORTH from London
United Kingdom wrote:

grew plant back in Rhodesia Africa have been searching for seed ever since

Where can I obtain seed ?

Many thanks

Rod North UK

Positive Farmerdill On Apr 25, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a very productive novelty. Long flat purple colored pole bean. Pretty typical of old type pole bean, 9-10 inches long with strings. Like many of the old beans they get fibrous (shucky) as beans form. Not very good quality as a snap bean in my book, but a quite interesting novelty.

Positive Weedwhacker On Jul 9, 2003, Weedwhacker from Bark River (UP), MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've grown this bean for years, since first getting the seed from the SSE. The flowers and beans are purple and the plants are very tall, easily go up and over my 8' trellis. Pods are flat Romano-type, purple when growing and turn green when cooked. Very flavorful, tender, and wide pods are great for making French-style beans. Extremely productive when kept picked.

Positive tweezle On Mar 1, 2003, tweezle from State College, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

These were pretty plants all with a purplish hue to the leaves as well as the stems. The beans were purple and flavorful. We didn't take them all in, and had some that self-sowed for a pleasant suprise the following year.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Bark River, Michigan

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