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PlantFiles: Runner Bean
Phaseolus coccineus 'Scarlet Emperor'

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: Scarlet Emperor

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: With the exception of the Hyacinth Bean, this is the prettiest bean vine you can grow. The large sprays of brilliant rich red flowers contrast against the deep green foliage. You can grow it for its beautiful flowers and to eat its sweet bean pods. This variety is commonly used as a flowering screen, vine, or fence cover. But, don’t forget to try eating the “beany” sweet bean pods when they appear. You can shell them for green or dried beans when pods mature.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 25, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 12 - 15 inch runner bean


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

Longmont, Colorado
Norcross, Georgia
Lucedale, Mississippi

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