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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Henderson's'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Henderson's
Additional cultivar information: (aka Original Dwarf, Bush Butterbean)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 24, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This lima bean is a great tasting bean. It gets a bit of rust, but that doesn't affect the beans if you get them picked in time.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 29, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Henderson's Baby lima is still the favorite white butterbean in the southeast. It grows well on small bush vines (12 - 16 inches) and lots of small(3 inch) pods with (3-4)small white flat butterbeans. Flavor is excellent.


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

Saint Petersburg, Florida
Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)
Hampton, Illinois
Zachary, Louisiana
New Bern, North Carolina
Felicity, Ohio
Lagrange, Ohio
Radford, Virginia (2 reports)
Troy, Virginia (2 reports)

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