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Runner Bean 'Scarlet Emperor'

Phaseolus coccineus

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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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Regional

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

Longmont, Colorado

Norcross, Georgia

Lucedale, Mississippi

Issaquah, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 14, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a beautiful twining ornamental and a tasty productive vegetable. Blooms are reddish orange and not really scarlet, and they attract hummingbirds. They also make a good cut flowers.

If you keep the pods well picked, it will continue to bloom for months. (Flowering stops if pods are allowed to mature on the vine.) Blooming may pause in heat of summer if temperatures are often over 90F, then continue when it cools.

Consistent moisture is needed for good bean production. In drought, these must not be allowed to dry out.

I enjoy the pods steamed or boiled, with a little butter. All parts of the plant is edible, including the roots.

All beans contain lectins, which can cause GI distress. Runner beans are no more toxic than any ... read more

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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.

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

A 12 - 15 inch runner bean

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