Phaseolus coccineus
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Phaseolus coccineus

scarlet runner bean

  family fabaceae 
  genus phaseolus 

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Genus  Phaseolus Species  coccineus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  scarlet runner bean Family  FABACEAE Specimen number  S11988 Data source  HtZn p153;HumGrdn p56;UnVeg p43;Xeri p280
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 22-23 Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 06-07 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 10a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Phaseolus coccineus is a good hummingbird feeder. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 30� Fahrenheit. Scarlet runner bean needs summer days with high heat. Full sun is ideal for this plant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The flowers of this plant and the beans are both edible. Phaseolus coccineus is most commonly used cooked.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  8" - 0" Row spacing  1' 6" Cold frame  Planting period  May 01 - May 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Hot Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  120 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Flowers   Beans Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  like snap beans
Horticulture notes  The best month for planting is May. Provide 8" spacing when grown in quantity. Separate each row by approximately 1' 6". It requires hot days for good production. Estimated time to harvest is 120 days. Propagation of Phaseolus coccineus can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Phaseolus coccineus has an annual life cycle. Flowers: Scarlet runner bean has pea like flowers. Flowers are often found in such colors as scarlet, red or white.

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