(70 days) Phaseolus coccineus Open-pollinated. Climbing beans often grown as ornamentals for their brilliant scarlet blossoms that attract hummingbirds. Need trellises, fences or poles; will grow to 10–12'. Can be eaten either as snap or shell (95 days) beans. Gorgeous purple and black mottled seeds may be the most beautiful in our catalog. “There is nothing like the face of amazed surprise when a child opens the pods from these plants,” reports Anne Elder. Heirloom variety grown as early as 1750 by colonists and in 1791 by Thomas Jefferson. ~20 seeds/oz. Especially attractive to pollinators.③
318 Scarlet Runner
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Culture: Legumes have moderate fertility needs. Excessive nitrogen may induce some varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases. White-seeded beans usually don’t germinate as well as dark-seeded. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°. Optimal range 60–80°. Optimal temperature 77°.