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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'Worchester Indian Red Pole'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Worchester Indian Red Pole

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sioushi On Aug 26, 2009, sioushi from Atlanta, GA wrote:

Very easy to grow. These got no care after being planted in early June. By mid-August I'm getting tons of fresh limas and the plants are only mildly touched by the mildew that killed off my bush beans. Grow 8 to 10 feet tall. The photo shows one dried (shattered) pod and a container of green-harvested beans. The beans start off pale lima green and then mottle to pink. Dark red are fully mature.

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

Southern Exposure, offers this description: "The hardiest lima we offer. [Introduced in 1990 by SESE. Reported to be of Native American origin, pre-1868.] Produces medium-sized limas on heat and drought-resistant plants and is a prolific producer under adverse conditions. Seeds range in color from dull red to dull maroon-red. This variety still exhibits a wild trait: a few pods spring open (shatter) when the pods are completely dry."


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

Atlanta, Georgia

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