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Herbaceous Perennial

Phaseolus coccineus 'White Lady'
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bean (runner) 'White Lady'

A climbing perennial, often grown as an annual. White flowers appear throughout the summer and early autumn which turn into thick, green, juicy pods

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn White Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Raw pods/beans harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling. Pets (dogs): Raw pods/beans harmful if eaten - see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants for further information and useful contact numbers
Genus

Phaseolus are annual or perennial legumes, usually climbing or trailing in form, and with trifoliate leaves. Grown as crop plants for their edible seeds, including runner, French and lima beans, as well as for animal feed, green manures and as ornamentals

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Start from seed in a heated greenhouse or on a warm windowsill. Plant outside once all risk of frost has passed in a warm, sunny, sheltered site; incorporate well-rotted manure into soil before planting and keep the soil moist when plants are flowering to ensure good fruit set. See runner-bean cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to black bean aphids. Young plants also need protection from slugs and snails

Diseases

May be affected by chocolate spot, downy mildew, foot and root rot and powdery mildews

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