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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Lower Garden Pioneer Farm Upper Garden Slave Cabin Garden

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm
  • Upper Garden
  • Slave Cabin Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Bush lima beans are vigorous, productive plants. Their smaller size makes them easy to grow in the home garden and they still provide a bounteous harvest. They can be used dry or fresh.

    Latin Name

    Phaseolus lunatus



    Also Known As

    Butter Bean

    Type of Plant


    Summer Summer


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


  • Annual
  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Central America


    George Washington sent a letter to William Pearce in 1794 where he included lima beans for the gardener to plant.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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