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botanical name:
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Purple Teepee'
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Purple Teepee' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Dwarf French Bean
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.45m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
fruit colour: purple
stem/bark: purple & green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: 5°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
Tender annual vegetable. Low growing bushy to slightly sprawling habit. Clusters of mauvish flowers are produced well above the foliage and develop into slender, cylindrical, smooth, very dark purple bean pods about 15cm long.

Frost tender and needs warm conditions to grow well. Moist, well drained, fertile soil in full sun.

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. Temperatures need to be 18°C above for good germination, which is then usually rapid.

Harvest regularly, while the pods are still young.

Edible pods are stringless and have good flavour. They turn dark green when cooked. Good for kitchen gardens and potagers.

The beans contain toxins that must be removed before eating by thorough cooking at boiling temperature.

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