"Scarlet Runner Bean"
Phaseolus coccineus

Phaseolus coccineus Scarlet Runner BeanPhaseolus coccineus Scarlet Runner Bean
Photo (right) by 305 Seahill

By far the most ornamental of edible beans with 1” fiery red-orange edible flowers that bloom in clusters. They also super prolific – producing ultra-showy beans that mature from bright pink to lavender with navy blue splotches! Grows 10-15’ in a season, the beans are best when picked very young MUST BE COOKEDbefore you eat them (like kidney beans). If you leave the pods to mature, you can save and store the seeds for future crops, cook them like you would any dry bean, or simply display them! Often grown as an annual, it’s actually perennial in very mild climates. Full sun, rich soil and support to climb on are what it needs.

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Perennial Edible
USDA Zones 9-11
(annual elsewhere)