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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Florida Speckled'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Florida Speckled

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lssfishhunter On Jan 29, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

My uncle and myself have planted/plants these beans. They hold up well in the hot summer. They do produce a lot of beans; however, with our trials, they produce beans all at one time and they take FOREVER to come in. We are always late in the summer picking them even though we plant them at the same time as other beans. The taste is good and the colors are pretty. The vines will keep climbing so give them lots of support.

Positive Laflora On Aug 5, 2007, Laflora from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Does well in hot, humid conditions of central Florida. Very tasty. Even if you don't like limas, you might like this one.

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

The Florida Speckled Butterbean is a speckled baby lima. Vine growth, pod and bean size are similar to Carolina. Colored limas have a stronger flavor tha white limas. If you like colored butterbeans this one is a hardy and prolific producer.


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

Deland, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Prospect, Kentucky
Independence, Louisiana
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Jonesville, South Carolina
Rockport, Texas
Troy, Virginia (2 reports)

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