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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Jackson Wonder'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Jackson Wonder
Additional cultivar information: (aka Jackson Spotted Wonder)

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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:
6.1 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


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lssfishhunter On Jan 14, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

These beans will produce well and taste is great. The plants do well with hot, humid summers. Very popular bean and is easy to find in South Carolina.

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 28, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This cultivar was introduced to the family by an Uncle in the late 40's. The yield and adaptability of this cultivar is phenomenal. We joke that you can toss seeds out the car window while driving down a country road, return in two months and pick a mess of J. Wonders along the side of the road. It is a small colored lima, that is white during the green shell stage. However when cooked it turns slate grey, which astonishes those not familiar with them. They have very strong flavor and one tends to either love them or hate them.


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

West Fork, Arkansas
Sunol, California
Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)
Laurel, Mississippi
Jonesville, South Carolina
Radford, Virginia (2 reports)
Troy, Virginia (2 reports)

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