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PlantFiles: 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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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou 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.

Neutral Farmerdill 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."


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

Panama City, Florida

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