Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Lazy Housewife'

Phaseolus vulgaris

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Lazy Housewife
Additional cultivar information:(aka Lazy Wife)
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Chicago, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Creswell, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 11, 2011, RockWhispererOK from Bartlesville, OK wrote:

I just wanted to say that this is just about my favorite green bean. Good cooked right after picking, frozen, or canned. It makes quite a long vine so I plant it at an arched trellis made from a 25' stockwire panel. Prior to discovering Lazy Housewife I grew Kentucky Wonder.

I have had two failures with this bean in the five years I have been growing it. One was when Oklahoma winter turned into Oklahoma summer with no spring. This bean does not do well in intense heat and dry. The other was when I planted beans sent to me by an individual who said they were Lazy Housewife, but they were not. Do not trade for these beans, order them from a reputable seed company for your first crop. Do not plant them near other bean varieties to avoid crossing. You can then collect y... read more


On Jan 5, 2011, gardentotable from Creswell, OR wrote:

I really enjoyed this bean. The vines were lovely, they must have grown to at least 8'. I don't usually like Italian-style (flat-podded) green beans, but these were the exception. The flavor was wonderful. I shared them with a friend and she agreed. They were also extremely prolific, and they produced well into fall the two years I have grown them. I am in zone 7.


On Aug 21, 2009, KarenRei from Iowa City, IA wrote:

I was disappointed by this bean. I planted Scarlet Runner and Lazy Wife this year, thinking the Lazy Wife would be better for eating (green beans, not dry) and the Scarlet Runner more for its beauty. Yet the Scarlet Runners have proven to be a much better plant for food as well as beauty. True, the Lazy Wifes were planted in a shadier spot than the scarlet runners, but the difference in growth rate has been far more than could be explained by that alone. The Runners are huge and the Wifes just stagnated. I've gotten over fifty beans off my two Runners so far and just three off the two Wifes. But I'm not upset by this, because once I tasted the Wifes, I didn't want any more. The Runners have a classic green bean taste. The Wifes looked like green beans, but taste like Lima beans, wh... read more


On Nov 18, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Claimed to be the first completely stringless bean, introduced around 1810. First listed in W. Atlee Burpee’s 1888 catalog, Presumed to have derived its name, which seems discourteous, from its immense productiveness making it easy to gather... One of the oldest documented beans, and most productive. Pole habit, 75-80 days.

Note I grew this bean in the 40's. Yield were good, quality inferior to Kentucky Wonder. Burpee listed it in 1888 as Lazy Wife and it was still sold by that name in the 40's. It is a flat type.