Scarlet Runner Bean
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Scarlet Runner Bean

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Young as a snap bean or mature as a shelled or dry bean.
Scarlet Runner
Phaseolus coccineus

60 to 90 Days — 'Scarlet Runner' beans have been grown in the United States since as early as 1750. It grows vigorously, producing prolific amounts of beautiful, bright-red colored blooms throughout the summer and even into the fall. Its vines can grow up to eighteen feet in tall so a good, sturdy support structure is required.

Although it is good all-purpose bean that can be enjoyed when harvested young as a snap bean, it can be allowed to mature a little longer and used at the green shelled stage, or even left on the vines and harvested as a dry bean. It can also be planted simply for its ornamental beauty and to attract hummingbirds and pollinator insects. The seeds are large, lavender to purple in color, and mottled with black. Each ounce is approximately 25 to 30 seeds.
One of the most versatile beans out there.
One of the most versatile beans out there. Grows huge vines that can decorate a whole wall with the beautiful ornamental flowers. The young beans a great fresh or cooked. The blooms can be eaten fresh or in tea. Lastly the beans dry great for soups. I defiantly plan on growing this bean next time I have a garden. I have also used the dried beans to grow more runners the next year and they were nearly identical to the original plants.
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Reviewed by:  from Missouri. on 2/6/2015
Fantastic Bean!
We have a tepee-like bean tower that was left in the barn when we bought our 100+ year old house. The Scarlet Runner Beans quickly filled the tower, produced small beautiful flowers that attracted many hummingbirds. As fresh beans, these are good when picked very young. Scarlet Runners shine as dried beans! They are very meaty and filling. Excellent used in soup and baked beans.
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Reviewed by:  from Burbank, Ohio. on 6/21/2013
Lots of Beans
Bean grew well through a lot of dry weather and then two weeks of a lot of rain. Yield was great lots of beans.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Pulaski VA. on 10/17/2015
Love it
I love this bean! I love that I can use it at any time. The flowers are great in salads or even for decoration on a cake. I love them as snap beans as well. The mature beans are very large and beautiful, though they go white when cooked. To me they taste kind of similar to white beans as well, although nearly four times the size. No problems with disease or pests except for a few leafminers, which seem to go after all of my summer plants. Not nearly as much as on my pepper plants. They climb forever. When mine got to the top of the trellis, they continued onto the tree branches nearby.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Southern California. on 9/8/2014
Amateur Gardener
Grew really tall >10' and produced a really long time. Pods a somewhat flat, but flavorful and snapped easily. Later, beans finally formed beautiful purple seeds that I dried for ornamentation. Flowers were a little small but pretty and did attract hummingbirds.
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Reviewed by:  from auburn NY zone 5. on 12/23/2010
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