Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Purple Pod Pole'

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 Pod Pole
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Harlan, Iowa

Warren, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 14, 2009, cr0ak from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love these beans. They're not only colorful, they're very productive. On top of that, they're so much easier to harvest because they're so easily seen (as compared to bush green beans). Trellised, they're a lot easier on the back, too! LOL

Very tasty, and quite the conversation starter when served raw (cut up) in a salad.

Positive

On Aug 7, 2007, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very nice pole bean that (as the name implies)produces a rich, purple colored snap bean. The bean has a strong, vigorous vine that easily reached and surpassed our 8 foot trellis. The vines have a lot of purple on them and the leaves are a dark (I'd say "hunter") green. The tiny beans emerge as green with purple highlights, then turn entirely purple when ripe (a very quick process in the height of bean season). A good producer. My daughter and I enjoyed growing these beans.