Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Rattlesnake'

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: Rattlesnake
Additional cultivar information:(aka Preacher Bean)
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 days

81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:


Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Hanceville, Alabama

Madison, Alabama

Anchorage, Alaska

Thousand Oaks, California

Denver, Colorado

Miami, Florida

Columbus, Georgia

Williamson, Georgia

Sandpoint, Idaho

Oak Park, Illinois

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Independence, Louisiana

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Loudon, New Hampshire

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Leander, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 14, 2016, goulot from Canton, MI wrote:

Planted 'Rattlesnake' seeds on May 12. Yesterday, July 13, I picked over half a pound of beans. These beans seem to have grown faster than the 'Hilda Romano' beans next to them. Could that be because of the very warm weather (over 90F)? I will plant some more this week (the heat has killed practically all my snow peas -- which were reaching their 'natural' end anyhow).


On Jun 2, 2011, JULIETABER from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is my new pole bean, won't go back to heat-intolerant Kentucky Wonder beans. Its been over 90 degrees every day lately and I've picked over a pound of beans in the last 8 or 9 days! I only have 11 plants, but they are prolific and earlier than I expected here in North Texas (zone 7b),


On Feb 24, 2011, luciee from Hanceville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a real good tasting bean. It has a high sugar content and freezes and cans well.


On Jan 6, 2011, bamabean from Birmingham, AL wrote:

Love this producer. Great taste and easy to grow in this area. Will plant it every year.


On Oct 11, 2010, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

produced well from spring planting but did not to well from a fall planting.


On Jun 17, 2010, ahaddock from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

I normally don't like string beans, but this one is great - very sweet and crisp. The coloring is cool, but it fades away after steaming.


On Nov 6, 2008, cowabunga1 from Sandpoint, ID wrote:

Tried the rattlesnake for the first time this year and was very impressed! Produced heavily and had great flavor! Beautiful light purple blossoms and green with purple striped pods.


On Jun 13, 2008, Norris2 from Columbus, GA wrote:

A favorite in my family. It has a great taste, is very hardy, and produces very large quantities. It started producing (a higher yield) than my early bush beans at the same time as the bush beans. They were planted on the same day.


On Jan 20, 2007, rhaus from Leander, TX wrote:

Leander, Texas - goodbye KY Wonders! This is an excellent producer and a standout for flavor. Great in the very hot regions like mine.


On Aug 22, 2005, fwfarm from Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Most productive pole bean I've tried (several times more
productive than most of them), slower to get tough than
some, and pods being speckled are easier to spot than
plain green.


On Mar 26, 2005, Galina from Northamptonshire,
United Kingdom wrote:

Grows well in Central England. Early, tasty. Slight string is no problem. Very easy to grow and productive.


On May 30, 2003, Fivekiller1N from Smyrna, GA wrote:

It out produces all other pole beans here in the south, everyone I know that has tried it has never gone back to the variety they grew before. It produces Beans as early as a bush bean even though it is a pole bean. Yhe flavor is great fresh or canned.