The Main Plant entry for Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Beans.

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Annual
Sun Requirements:Full Sun
Water Preferences:Mesic
Edible Parts:Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator:Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Propagation: Seeds:Self fertile
Sow in situ


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Sep 21, 2011 4:52 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 8:31 PM

"The common bean is a highly variable species with a long history. Bush varieties form erect bushes 7.9–24 inch tall, while pole or running varieties form vines 6 feet 7 inch–9 feet 10 inch long. All varieties bear alternate, green or purple leaves, which are divided into three oval, smooth-edged leaflets, each 2.4–5.9 inch long and 1.2–4.3 inch wide. The white, pink, or purple flowers are about 1 cm long, and they give way to pods 3.1–7.9 inch long and 1–1.5 cm wide. These may be green, yellow, black, or purple in color, each containing 4–6 beans. The beans are smooth, plump, kidney-shaped, up to 1.5 cm long, range widely in color, and are often mottled in two or more colors."

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 2, 2014 7:25 PM

Phaseolus vulgaris is a larval host plant for numerous butterfly species, including Silver-spotted Skipper, Longtailed Skipper, Cassius Blue, Gray Hairstreak, Variegated Fritillary, and Painted Lady.

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Plant Events from our members
WeedwhackerOn July 28, 2015Harvested
first picking
WeedwhackerOn May 26, 2015Seeds sown
in packs in GH, after pre-sprouting
piksihkOn November 19, 2015Miscellaneous Event
rec'd from trade; seeds
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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