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Dwarf Runner Bean 'Hestia'

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: Hestia
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Days to Maturity:

71 to 80 days

81 to 90 days

91 to 100 days

101 to 110 days

Bloom Color:


Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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 in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


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

Venice, Florida

Monroe, Georgia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


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

This is a beautiful ornamental and a tasty productive vegetable. Flowers are bicolored white and pale salmon and can 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 Jun 15, 2011, mostlypatio from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

I got seeds from Park Seeds and had tried to grow them in pots and in ground. I loved the flowers and jade green heart shape leaves. But I had only three beans in season of 2010. I am growing it again, it blooms beautifully now, hopefully there will be more beans this year.


On Jun 28, 2008, rodeco1 from Monroe, GA wrote:

This is a lovely plant with beautiful flowers but so far no beans. I have lots of bees here and see them around the bean flowers and yet where the bean would start is only the remant of the base of the flower. I had to go ahead and plant another crop of pole beans because hestia though very decorative are not producing beans. Very frustrating. I will probably grow them from now on just for the looks and make sure I plant my old reliables.


On Mar 25, 2007, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like this plant a lot. Pretty flowers. Worth growing just for that; beans are a bonus. 67-percent germination (planted three seeds, two came up). About 5 weeks here in zone 10 from planting seeds to blooms; 70 day to crop--we'll beat that by two weeks at least.


On Feb 19, 2006, Melissa_Ohio from Southwestern, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

From Harvest Moon Farms and Seed: "A superb variety with all the best characteristics of modern runner beans, but on dwarf plants. Early to crop, often before standard types, with a good yield of tasty, long, straight, stringless pods, held above the soil to avoid disease. Ideal for small gardens, large containers and borders where its bicoloured flowers of red and white make an attractive addition."