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PlantFiles: Runner Bean
Phaseolus coccineus 'Sunset'

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: Sunset

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

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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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosinaBloom On Jan 18, 2015, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

A unique runner bean that has beautiful salmon pink flowers, and matures early in 60 days from planting with a crop of flat, green beans.
Excellent for freezing.

Positive girlndocs On May 24, 2008, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

I've not been able to do this plant justice as my trellis gets, I think, less sun than it prefers. This year I'll try growing it on a tripod in all-day blazing sun and see how that goes.

It's always been attractive and easy to grow, and has to be the easiest seed in the world to save. Even in our wet western WA autumns I can go out, find handfuls of brown pods on the dead vines and bring them in the house.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

60-65 days for these short and very flavorful beans.

Positive gardener1492 On Apr 7, 2003, gardener1492 from Ogallala, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted this bean around an old dead tree and kept it watered (we live in the sandhill country of Nebraska), it covered the stump of the tree and made a beautiful display. It is native to the SW (our seed came from the Navajo reservation near Farmington, NM) and is an edible bean.

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

This runner blooms earlier than most. It has salmon-pink blooms. Runners cross-pollinate with other runners so be sure and plant far apart from other varieties.


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

Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Tacoma, Washington

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