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PlantFiles: Runner Bean
Phaseolus coccineus 'Dwarf Scarlet Bees'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: coccineus (kok-SIN-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Scarlet Bees
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hammond Scarlet Bush)

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Seed Type:
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Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested

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

Bloom Color:
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Soil pH requirements:
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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive straea On May 20, 2009, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

In my very windy garden, 'Dwarf Scarlet Bees' (which I originally purchased labelled 'Dwarf Bees') has more of a vining habit than it seems to have for most people, reaching about 5 feet in an average year and benefiting from being staked. It is a simply lovely plant, so beautiful that it could easily be planted in a flower bed instead of a bean patch. Bees love it!

Positive PauleysGarden On Apr 7, 2008, PauleysGarden from Paris, IL wrote:

This is an absolutely beautiful edible ornamental. I've used them amongst flower beds before. They are good to eat as snap beans or as dried beans from my experience. Unfortunately, I've not been able to find the seeds for 3 years now.


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

Paris, Illinois
Somerville, Massachusetts
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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