The Main Plant entry for Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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


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Location: my garden zone 5 IndianaDate: 2019-08-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-01
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Location: my garden zone 5 IndianaDate: 2019-08-18
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: 2011-09-28
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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 (Kentucky - 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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