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Scarlet Runner Bean

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables

From tropical America, this perennial twining vine is commonly grown as an annual. Showy and ornamental, with slender clusters of vivid scarlet flowers and bright green leaves divided into three roundish, 3–5-in.-long leaflets. Used to cover fences, arbors, outbuildings, it provides quick shade on porches. Pink and white-flowered varieties exist.

Flowers are followed by flattened, very dark green pods that are edible and tasty when young but toughen as they reach full size. Beans from older pods can be shelled and cooked like green limas.

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