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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Dixie White Butter Pea'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Dixie White Butter Pea
Additional cultivar information: (aka Dixie Butterpea)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou On Jun 6, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Dixie White Butter Pea is a favorite in my garden this year. I love the taste of this mini lima bean. It produced before Henderson's Bush Lima, when planted at the same time. It's a small, productive plant that was disease free. The usual "lima bean pests" are always a threat. I found that it takes about 25 minutes to boil fresh butter peas, in broth, for my optimal tenderness.

Positive Farmerdill On Aug 11, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A small potato lima, 2 1/2 inch pods. They are tedious to pick and shell, but prolific producers. Smaller pods than Henderson's Baby Lima and a thicker starchier bean, but are more tolerant of adverse conditions.


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

Woodland, Alabama
Panama City, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Cleveland, Georgia
Franklin, Ohio
Radford, Virginia

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