Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'White Christmas'

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

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Climbing

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Days to Maturity:

71 to 80 days

81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

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

Regional

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

Panama City, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 16, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

White Christmas Lima Beans are delicious. I had much better luck growing them, here in our heat and humidity, than King of the Garden Lima Beans.

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On Nov 4, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Southern Exposure,offers this description: "80 days. [Derived from an accidental cross of 'Christmas' and 'Sieva', the original seed came from Brian Heatherington in GA. Introduced in 2000 by SESE.]. It produces a beautiful, large seeded ivory-white bean with a purplish blush on one corner; that looks like it has been air-brushed with purple. 'White Christmas' yields heavily, is easy to shell, and is a reliable producer in hot, humid areas."