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    Bush beans are compact, low growing plants that produce large crops of beans. They can be used for fresh eating or as dry beans.


    Seeds available to purchase from Mount Vernon

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    Latin Name

    Phaseolus vulgaris



    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals
    Vegetables Vegetables


    Summer Summer


    Max height Max Height: 2'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2.5'


  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

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    George Washington wrote to Arthur Young in November of 1787, saying, "I have a high opinion of Beans as a preparation for wheat, and shall enter as largely upon the cultivation of them next year, as the quantity of seed I can procure, will admit."

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