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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Brown Seeded Kentucky Wonder'

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

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 5, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like to train this bean up a trellis from a flower box, it makes a good privacy screen and we get great beans!

Positive melody On Apr 17, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A very old variation of the classic Kentucky Wonder...the seeds are dark brown instead of the lighter color that is normally seen. The variety is dated to the 1850's and is not at all common.

Very tasty and full flavored. This bean is the 'essence of bean flavor' Perfect for Southern Cooked Green Beans. Which means they will stand up,to many hours of slow cooking without losing their shape and flavor.


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

Hampton, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky

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