The Main Plant entry for Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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

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

Common names
  • Green Bean
  • Common Bean
  • French Bean

  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 2, 2014 7:25 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 8:31 PM concerning plant:
    "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."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Sep 21, 2011 4:52 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar from this plant
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piksihk On November 19, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
rec'd from trade; seeds
WebTucker On April 11, 2022 Seeds germinated
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