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Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Valena Italian Climber'

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 6, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This bean is a family heirloom handed down to us from my wife's Grandfather who is first generation American. Relatives in Italy are still growing this variety. It appears to have a diverse history.
Along with our personal history, a friend in Canada contacted us with another story about this variety. It was said to also be called 'Kanawake Mohawk' bean and supposed to have arrived in la Nouvelle-France with the Jesuits.

It is a dual-purpose variety that can be used young as a green bean or dried. The beans are flat and green when young turning tan with maroon streaks as they mature. The seeds are large, egg-shaped and tan with darker brown streaks. The image on the right shows the bean at various stages of development.