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PlantFiles: Runner Bean
Phaseolus coccineus 'Painted Lady'

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: Painted Lady

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days
61 to 70 days
71 to 80 days
81 to 90 days
91 to 100 days
101 to 110 days
111 to 120 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:
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

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4 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sunnyg On Mar 17, 2011, sunnyg from San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I originally started this bean from seed several years ago. I had no idea that it would form a tuber and return year after year (here in zone 9b). The vine does die completely back, but it resprouts from the tuber each Spring.

Positive CatskillKarma On Oct 20, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

I have grown this bean for years on tripods in whiskey barrels. It is by far the most vigorous runner bean I have grown, and very decorative. It is very attractive to hummingbirds and grows extremely tall for me--some years over 15 feet. It does well in my short-season garden in the mountains, maturing very quickly. My only complaint about it is that it does not cling as tightly to the supports as some other varieties and sometimes slips down the poles. This problem can be avoided by using slender branches rather that fatter poles as supports.

Positive GardenShannon On Oct 19, 2004, GardenShannon from Seattle, WA wrote:

We love this plant because we have to use somewhat unattractive fences to keep our big dogs out of the garden. Each spring I plant the beans and by mid-summer they cover the fences with greenery and beautiful flowers that hummingbirds visit. I collect more beans than I need in the Fall for next year's planting and make bean dishes from the dried beans. I didn't realize until looking them up on the internet that some people eat them green. They grow well in full, hot sunny areas in the Seattle area

Positive seedpicker_TX On Oct 5, 2004, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a very decorative, well-behaved vine. My only disappointment with it, was not it's fault! lol...I was told it was pink and white, and it turned out to be peach and red. I do not like all.
At any rate, is it worth growing for those of you who DO like red.
This variety was better at producing pods, than a nearby 'Sunset' runner bean...

Neutral mystic On Jan 13, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the only runner bean with a bi-color blooms. Blooms are red and white. It does need support for climbing. Runner beans cross pollinate with other runner beans so need to be planted far apart.

Neutral Baa On Jul 12, 2002, Baa wrote:

A highly ornamental, heritage variety with bicolour flowers and cream coloured beans, streaked with deep brown markings (may also have been known as York and Lancaster). The full history of Painted Lady is unclear and it may have been grown as early as the mid 1600's in England but it was certainly a popular variety in England by the 1850s.

It's now relegated to being grown as a pretty screen by many vegetable growers because there are better performing varieties on the market. Even so it still produces a good crop of well flavoured beans and is much less vigourous than modern varieties making it a great variety for the smaller garden. It produces more than enough beans for us!

Pick the bean pods regularly to ensure a continuous crop throughout the late summer. Best picked at 6-8 inches long while the pod is relatively smooth, hairy runner bean pods aren't too palatable!


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

Berkeley, California
San Jose, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Denham Springs, Louisiana
East Vassalboro, Maine
Lincoln, Nebraska
West Kill, New York
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Elgin, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Plano, Texas
Pearisburg, Virginia

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