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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Carolina'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Carolina
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sieva, Southern Pole)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mtilton On Jun 24, 2008, mtilton from Ada, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Sieva [or Carolina] is a variety of Lima, growing ten to twelve feet tall. The three-inch-long pods are smaller than the common Lima, however, and remarkably uniform. Jefferson's Garden Book listed the "White Carolina" bean in 1794. Sieva beans, like Limas, require the whole season to mature. This highly productive variety is classified as one of the best.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 14, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

80 days. This is a pole-type Henderson with small flat and dull white seed. Excellent quality. Pods contain 3 to 4 medium beans when young

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 27, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Caolina is an old time pole butterbean. It is early and prolific. The pods and beans are similar to Henderson's Baby lima. It is one of the easiest white pole limas to grow. It does well on either poles or trellis.


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

Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)
Zachary, Louisiana
Radford, Virginia (2 reports)
Troy, Virginia (2 reports)

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