Scarlet Runner beans put on a show. With brilliant red flowers and vines that can climb as high as 15 to 20 feet, they make a show-stopping display in the garden July through October. Because it is Phaseolus coccineus (as opposed to vulgaris), the Scarlet runner acts a little differently from the vulgaris species: it likes cooler temperatures and can be grown as a perennial in zones 7 to 11. Bean lore has it that the Scarlet Runner inspire the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Matures in 60 to 65 days
- Harvest when beans are 3 to 5 inches long
- Grows to 8 to 12 (and occasionally 15 to 20) feet
- Annual, but can be grown as a perennial in warmer zones
- Ornamental with clusters of vivid red flowers
- Harvest beans when young and tender, and lightly steam
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