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PlantFiles: Snap Bean or Dry Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Tongue of Fire'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Tongue of Fire
Additional cultivar information: (aka Borlotti Lingua di Fuoco, Horto)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days
51 to 60 days
61 to 70 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


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Italian heirloom (Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco). A cranberry-type horticultural bean variety originally collected from Tierra del Fuego on the tip of South America. The pods are ivory tan with red streaks and spots as they mature. The seeds are large and roundish.

Neutral swallowtail On Oct 25, 2002, swallowtail from Corcoran, CA wrote:

Several strains are sold under this name. All have in common pods streaked in red or magenta which are said to be good stringless snaps. All seem to be cranberry-type shell beans which can also be used dry. Original seed was reportedly from Tierra del Fuego, sent to Italy and spread through southern Europe. This may account for variations in beans by this name.

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