Scarlet flowers displayed above brilliant chartreuse foliage, 6-8" pods
Here is something really unusual: it’s a runner bean, but the scarlet flowers are displayed above brilliant chartreuse foliage! The striking 5-6 foot vines really crank out the 6-8 inch, hefty pods, so good for fresh use or preserving. Like all runner beans, prefers mild weather.Fabaceae Phaseolus coccineus
In the U.S., the Scarlet Runner Bean is most often grown as an ornamental, and as a result, there aren't many improved edible cultivars available. Fortunately with the increasing interest in heirlooms and unusual edibles more are now appearing.
These plants are quite ornamental with red, white, red and white, or even pink flowers.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 85 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
These plants don't like cold weather and are not started outdoors until the soil has warmed up, about a month after the last frost.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Summer
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cool, Warm
Beans like a warm sunny spot. These tall plants are vulnerable to being blown over, so should be sheltered from high winds and supported on a stable and secure structure.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
These plants don’t like cold weather and are not started outdoors until the soil has warmed up, about a month after the last frost.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm)
Like most beans they need constant moisture for best growth.
Low nitrogen. High potassium. High phosphorus. This plant is a nitrogen fixer, of course, so may actually improve the soil.
- Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Buttery flavored dry beans or use pods fresh.