Tepary Bean
Phaseolus acutifolius 'Mitla Black'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: acutifolius (a-kew-ti-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Mitla Black
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:

Pink

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Madison, Alabama

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 28, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Virtually pest free, has good taste and is very productive. Climbs to about 4' tall. Can handle drought. A good dried bean for places with hot summers, but wait until the soil is very warm before planting.

Neutral

On Sep 15, 2007, btc129psu from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Sometimes referred to as a P. vulgaris, I think it is a true tepary bean and therefore a P. acutifolius. Does well in xeric conditions but appears to grow better with moderate watering. I have also had equal success growing this plant in both temperate Pennsylvania (in summer of course) and subtropical Texas. I have come across a lot of contradictory information on this plant and as of yet have not been able to grow in enough to prove or disprove many of these comments. While it was sold to me as a climbing bean, lanky is probably more descriptive. For me it seemed to grow more as a bush bean although perhaps environmental conditions make some difference. While it did fine in mildly acidic soils I have also heard that alkaline (like the semi-desert regions is originaly came from) are... read more