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botanical name:
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Rob Splash'
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Rob Splash' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Haricot bean, Flageolet, French Bean, Kidney Bean
synonyms:  Phaseolus vulgaris 'Rob Splashed'
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 3.00m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: climber
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: purple
stem/bark: 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
description:
Climbing French Bean producing pods that are cream splashed with purple markings. Mauve-pink flowers. Tender annual of vigorous twining habit. Trifoliate green leaves.

cultivation:
Frost tender and needs warm conditions to grow well. Moist, well drained, fertile soil in full sun.
Needs a support to climb up.


propagation:
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.

usage:
Edible vegetable with interesting ornamental value. Good for kitchen gardens and potagers.

Young pods may be cooked whole or older ones, shelled to remove the seeds. Good flavour.

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

other notes:
Seed available from W. Robinson & Son Ltd (www.mammothonion.co.uk)

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