Runner Bean 'Sunset'

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: Sunset
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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Days to Maturity:

61 to 70 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


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

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Tacoma, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


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

This is a beautiful twining ornamental and a tasty productive vegetable. Blooms are pale salmon-pink, 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 Jan 18, 2015, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

A unique runner bean that has beautiful salmon pink flowers, and matures early in 60 days from planting with a crop of flat, green beans.
Excellent for freezing.


On May 24, 2008, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

I've not been able to do this plant justice as my trellis gets, I think, less sun than it prefers. This year I'll try growing it on a tripod in all-day blazing sun and see how that goes.

It's always been attractive and easy to grow, and has to be the easiest seed in the world to save. Even in our wet western WA autumns I can go out, find handfuls of brown pods on the dead vines and bring them in the house.


On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

60-65 days for these short and very flavorful beans.


On Apr 7, 2003, gardener1492 from Ogallala, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted this bean around an old dead tree and kept it watered (we live in the sandhill country of Nebraska), it covered the stump of the tree and made a beautiful display. It is native to the SW (our seed came from the Navajo reservation near Farmington, NM) and is an edible bean.


On Jan 13, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This runner blooms earlier than most. It has salmon-pink blooms. Runners cross-pollinate with other runners so be sure and plant far apart from other varieties.