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Runner Bean 'Dwarf Scarlet Bees'

Phaseolus coccineus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: coccineus (kok-SIN-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Scarlet Bees
Additional cultivar information:(aka Hammond Scarlet Bush)
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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

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Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Days to Maturity:

41 to 50 days

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

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Soil pH requirements:

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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:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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

Paris, Illinois

Somerville, Massachusetts

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 14, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a beautiful twining ornamental and a tasty productive vegetable. Blooms are reddish orange and not really scarlet, and they attract hummingbirds. If you keep the pods well picked, it will continue to bloom for months. (Flowering stops if pods are allowed to mature on the vine.) Blooming may pause in heat of summer if temperatures are often over 90F, then continue when it cools.

Consistent moisture is needed for good bean production. In drought, these must not be allowed to dry out.

I enjoy the pods steamed or boiled, with a little butter. All parts of the plant is edible, including the roots.

All beans contain lectins, which can cause GI distress. Runner beans are no more toxic than any other bean. Cooking destroys the lectins.
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On May 20, 2009, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

In my very windy garden, 'Dwarf Scarlet Bees' (which I originally purchased labelled 'Dwarf Bees') has more of a vining habit than it seems to have for most people, reaching about 5 feet in an average year and benefiting from being staked. It is a simply lovely plant, so beautiful that it could easily be planted in a flower bed instead of a bean patch. Bees love it!


On Apr 7, 2008, PauleysGarden from Paris, IL wrote:

This is an absolutely beautiful edible ornamental. I've used them amongst flower beds before. They are good to eat as snap beans or as dried beans from my experience. Unfortunately, I've not been able to find the seeds for 3 years now.