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Scarlet Runner Bean

Phaseolus coccineus

Jefferson planted this lovely bean with its showy flowers in 1812: "Arbor beans white, crimson, scarlet, purple...on long walk of garden." The Scarlet Runner is a Central American native that was popularized by Philip Miller, the great English eighteenth-century garden writer. Although, Bernard McMahon noted in 1806 that it was grown exclusively as an ornamental, Scarlet Runner Bean is still regularly grown in Europe for its edible bean.

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Reds, Orange
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 7 to 2001 Oct 42002 Jun 7 to 2002 Oct 162003 Jun 9 to 2003 Oct 92004 Jun 8 to 2004 Oct 222005 Jun 17 to 2005 Oct 102006 Jun 1 to 2006 Oct 112007 Jun 25 to 2007 Oct 122008 Jun 24 to 2008 Oct 132009 Jun 11 to 2009 Oct 62010 Jun 18 to 2010 Sep 12011 Jun 3 to 2011 Aug 152014 Jun 16 to 2014 Oct 10
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