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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Purple Peacock'

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

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 25, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Earlier than other pole beans. Tender and tasty even when a bit larger. Cook up green.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 20, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A long flat purple podded pole bean.

Neutral swallowtail On Oct 8, 2002, swallowtail from Corcoran, CA wrote:

Gorgeous vine, green/purple/bronze with pretty blooms and dark purple pods (sometimes partly green). Susceptible to thrips, mites in hot, dry weather. Spray with water daily to control. Beans are tender in moderate weather, firm, with strings, in hot weather.

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