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Pole beans, such as kidney and butter or lima beans, produce long vines that do best when supported on some type of trellis. They are prolific growers and can easily cover a trellis in the course of a season while producing many beans which can be eaten fresh or dried.

Latin Name

Phaseolus vulgaris



Also Known As

Runner bean Snap bean Green bean String bean

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 15'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Colors


    George Washington grew many acres of several varieties of beans, and advocated planting the pole beans with corn for support. In a letter to his farm manager, William Pearce, in May of 1785, he wrote " I have heard much of the white (homony) Bean as being very productive, and a ready sale: suppose you were to devote an Acre of Corn ground to this purpose, to see what the yield would be: or, if they would do without something to run upon, & support them, to plant an acre or two without Corn, in No. 6 at Union farm..."

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  • Pioneer Farm
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  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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