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Year Introduced: 1949
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Country of Origin: USA
Hybridizer or Originator: Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina; Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Agric. Expt. Sta. cooperated in this release.
Days to harvest: 55

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 12- 15 inches
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self
Parentage: Commodore x Streamliner x United States 5 Refugee

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We open the Fall Harvested Vegetables Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 21, 2014 11:34 PM

A bush variety with large yields and great quality pods. A perfect bean for market.

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Mar 11, 2014 5:30 PM

This is the standard by which I compare all bush beans. It is the best all around bean that I have grown. Very dependable with good yields. Texture and flavor are excellent for southern style cooking. There are other varieties that beat in specific applications, but for a broad range of uses it is superior.

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