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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Missouri 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: Missouri Wonder

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days
71 to 80 days
81 to 90 days
91 to 100 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


3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SLO_Garden On Aug 23, 2009, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

This was a good bean for me. Missiouri Wonder is flavorful, prolific, and easy to grow. I grew it on a trellis and it worked really well. I would grow this bean again.

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 27, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Missouri Wonder is a good pole bean. It is vigorous and tolerates more adverse conditions than Kentucky Wonder although it does not match it in flavor. It will grow as a cornfield bean but not as well as a Cutshort. It does best on poles or a string trellis. It is still widely available in the southeast.

Positive RStewart On Oct 6, 2003, RStewart from Carson City, NV wrote:

This pole bean really puts out a crop! Seed is sometimes hard to find, but use the internet and it's there somewhere. We let it grow up thin cotton strings suspended from a wire line six feet above the ground, and the vines grew thickly that high, then along the wires for two to three feet. Plant these further apart than Kentucky Wonders. Each plant puts up three or four vines. Look for beans from the ground up, all season long once fruiting begins.


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

San Luis Obispo, California
Augusta, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Saint Louis, Missouri
Carson City, Nevada
Jamestown, Ohio
Radford, Virginia (2 reports)

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