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common name: Runner bean
synonyms: Phaseolus multiflorus
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 5°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
Tender perennial climber normally grown as a half-hardy annual. Vigorous twining habit. Bright green foliage and scarlet flowers, followed by long edible seed pods. Many named cultivars are available.
Frost tender. Usually grown as an annual. Moist, fertile soil in full sun. Needs a sturdy supporting frame over which to climb, generally constructed specifically for the purpose from canes or poles.
Pods are best harvested while still young.
From seed (beans) which can be sown from April in trays or pots and kept frost-free for later planting out. Or sow directly once the weather has warmed up.
Now almost exclusively cultivated as a food crop but originally grown in Europe as an ornamental and still valuable as a fast decorative climber.
Native to the uplands of tropical Central America and cultivated in Mexico for over 2,000 years. Introduced into Europe in the 16th century.