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Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Romano'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Romano
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 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


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

Denver, Colorado

Longmont, Colorado

East Chatham, New York

Radford, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 2, 2011, suzy_qu3 from East Chatham, NY wrote:

Fabulous flavor and "bomb-proof" - you have to try pretty hard to NOT grow this variety. I have been saving these seeds for years and they keep going strong. Great flavor young or a little over ripe. Huge producer, I have trouble keeping the trellis upright they get so heavy with fruit. Every year a get a few albinos, which is interesting. They die young obviously, but it's kind of neat.


On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This Italian green bean is considered by many to be the best tasting bean available. It has an UNSURPASSED beany/nutty flavor and produces over a long period of time. As a pole bean, it is easy to grow it vertically in small spaces by letting it climb up a pole, trellis, or teepee made of poles (which is a great tent for kids or a cool spot to grow lettuce!).


On Sep 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day Italian pole bean that is widely available. Pods are flat 5 - inches in lenght. A good producer. Under my conditions was more prolific than Kentucky Wonder, Favor is different but equally good in its own right.