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Lilaschecke

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Snap/Wax 70 days to short stringless yellow pods. Plants climb to about 8 feet. Comes from the Moravia region of the Chech republic.

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Lina Sisco Bird Egg

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Bush/Dry. 85 days to dry seed. Blossom, Light pink. High yields on 14 inch upright plants without runners. Produces 6 inch pods. Seed is marked like many horticultural beans. Brought to Missouri by Lina Sico's grandmother in the 1880's by covered wagon. Lina Sisco was one of the original six members of Seed Savers Exchange in 1975.

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Little Brown Cat

Packet size 20 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. Blossom white. Viney tall plant. 90 days to dry beans which are small to medium in size. Productive, and easy to shell. Another original bean variety from the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota.

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Littlefields Special

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Bush/Dry. 80 days to dry pods. Growth similar to Jacobs Cattle. Similar pods, pod set, and plant height. Good for short growing seasons. The seedcoat color is patterned the same as Jacobs Cattle and to me more of a darker purple than Black Trout, and Black And White Trout.

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Logan Giant

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Pole/Snap 70 Days to snaps. Vigorous climber 12 to 15 feet. Productive of 6 inch long pods. An old West Virginia heirloom.

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Lohrey's Special

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Pole, snap, shell, dry use. Blossom mauve. First dry pods in about 90 days. Dry seed is easy to shell with it's thin pod walls. Pods are 8 inches long slightly flattened. Seed flattened. Has been grown by the Royce Lohrey family of Tasmania for over 60 years.

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Longfellow

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Bush/Dry. 83 days to first dry pods. A variety with an obscure history. However a bean grown in southern France called Empereur de Russie,Emporor Of Russia is said to be without a doubt Longfellow. Brought to America and introduced by the Peter Henderson Company in 1885. Pods are of good quality, slightly stringy, tender and fleshy. Size is long, rather narrow and very slender.

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Louisiana

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Pole Snap. A.K.A. Louisiana Snap. 75 days to snaps and 100 to first dry seed. Heavy yields of green pods streaked with purple. 8 to 9 seeds per pod. Pods remain tender for an extended period. Another of my all time favorite pole snap varieties.

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Lynnfield

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Pole/Large Seed Dry Bean. 110+ days to dry seeds that are larger than a kidney. Another of the Wanigan beans reacquired in the winter of 2013. From an Oregon gardener, who got it from a Washington gardener, who got it from me back around 1984.

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Madagascar

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Pole/Lima. African Lima variety to be grown in a future season.

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Maggies Cresent

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Bush/Snap. 90 plus days to dry seed. Productive, 4 to 5 seeds in 5 inch pods. Said to be a cross of Magpie and Jumbo. More of the Robert Lobitz introduced beans.

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Magpie

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Bush Snap. 50+ days for snaps and 90 days for dry seed. Plants are good size erect 15 to 18 inches tall, runnerless. Long 5.25 x 5/16 inch smooth pods very similar in appearance to Painted Pony and Vermont Appaloosa. Introduced as Superlative by Sutton of England in 1909. Magpie was introduced from France in 1913. Eventually both varieties were found to be identical.

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Maine

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. Nearly 90 days to dry seed. One of the many yellow eye type beans such as Maine Yellow Eye, Vermont Yellow Eye, and Molasses Face. A new addition to the collection in 2014 from Mandy's Greenhouse in Tyndall, Manitoba Canada.

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Maine Sunset

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Bush/Dry. Nearly 90 days to dry seed. Beautiful rounded plump seed with a large red figure around the eye with a bit of buff mottling in it. The name would suggest a Maine heirloom. Looks very similar to Rockwell.

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Major Cook's

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Pole 108 DTM. Productive plants climb over 8'. 5.5" pods striped with purple become curved as they dry. British citizen Harold Luxton was in France during WW1. He returned to work as a gardener for the War Graves Commission under a Major Cook. They 'bred' a bean to their liking, and Luxton was awarded a British Empire medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for his work. Daughter, Sylvia came to New Zealand in 1953 grew Major Cooks for many years.

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Mammoth Trout

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Bush dry bean grows without runners. Productive here in a northern Illinois summer. Plants do not look uniquely different than many other beans. A variety that was part of John Withee's Wanigan collection and donated to him by the late SSE member Ernest B. Dana of Etna, N.H.

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Maria Zeller

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Pole/Dry. 115 days to first dry pods. A much more productive bean than the bush type. A strong climber produces round green pods 4 x inches that wrinkle as they dry. The variety came to me from a grower in Leibenfels, Austria.

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Maria Zeller

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Bush/Dry. 85 days. Acquired from a young lady by the name of Andrea Jones in the U.K. in early 2012. She was having trouble keeping the bean going. I got her last two seeds. Increased them to over 1200. I was happy to have saved her bean for her and she was pleased to receive an nice sample of seed from me after two seasons.

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Marico

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Semi Runner/Dry. 110 days to first dry pods. Very productive viney spreading plants. Somewhat patterned like Jacob's Cattle in colors of dark blackish purple and white. The colored area around the eye almost takes on the shape of a figure instead of so extensive of a colored area as in JC. From South Africa.

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Mary Ison's Little Brown Bunch

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Semi-Runner/Dry. 85 Days for seed. Compact productive plants which are semi-vining.

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Mayflower

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Bush/Snap/Dry. A.K.A. Amish Knuttle. 90 days to first dry seed. Very productive. Produces a profusion of short pods. Excellent flavor despite the varieties stringiness. Has a history of having been grown in the Carolinas far back as the early 1800's. My original seed came to me courtesy of Marshall Smyth. A northern California gardener.

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Mazeppa

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. First dry pods begin in about 82 days. This bean is a Robert Lobitz named and introduced variety. The seed coat of this bean has a similar coloring and patterning as another or Robert's beans called Canoe. Productive compact plants that grow without runners to about 15 inches tall.

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Medal Refugee

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. Bred and introduced by the Asgrow seed company of New Haven, Conecticut in 1942. Parentage is United States 5 x Round Pod Kidney Wax.

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Midnight Black Turtle Soup

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Half Runner/Dry. 90 days to dry beans. Blossom: Violet. Tall upright runnerless plant bears large quantities of pods. Developed at Cornell University.

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Milk And Cider

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Pole/Snap. Vigorous climber to 10 feet bears large green pods that remain tender for an extended period. Seeds appear much the same as "Turkey Craw".

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Minnesota 1940's

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Semi-Runner/Dry. 85 days to dry first dry seed. Viney low growing plants. This bean had been grown and was collected in Minnesota during the 1940's. The beans name would seem to suggest that the original name is unknown and it's current name now is reflective of the place and time of it's discovery.

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Missouri Bill's

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Semi Runner/Dry. 105 days to first dry seeds. Obtained from the Ozark Seed Bank. 5 inch long pods contain 3 to 4 large horticultural type beans. Productive plants that are viney semi-runner type. Would benefit from growing on some type of support.

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Molasses Face

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 110 Days to dry beans. Plants growing to about 18 inches tall are productive having a twinning habit but grown on the ground like a bush bean. Short green round pods about 4 to 5 seeds per pod.

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Mona Lisa

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Dry. A beautiful and productive bean from a bean friend in Liebenfels, Austria. Planted 4 seeds in the 2015 summer season, and harvested back nearly a thousand seeds.

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Money

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Bush/Dry. Dry beans begin at around 80 days. Seedcoat is patterned much like Jacob's Cattle except with a third color mottled into the darker red areas of the seed.

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Mostoller Wild Goose

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Pole/Dry. 100 DTM. Flower white. Plants are vigorous, productive. Pods are flattened, wide which average about 4 seeds per pod. In autumn of 1865 one of the two sons of Joseph Mostoller shot a lone goose in Somerset county Pennsylvania. Upon prepping the goose for a meal Joseph's Wife Sara found the unusual beans in the goose's crop. Dried and planted them in the spring of 1866. The bean is still with us after five generations.

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Mrociumere

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Bush/Dry. 90+ days to dry seed. Blossom white. 15 inch tall high yielding upright plants. 6 inch oval pods. Origin Kenya.

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Mulldoon

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 82 days to first dry pods. Then pods dry sequentially. Blossom white. 18 to 20 inch tall high yielding upright plants grow without runners. 7 & 1/4 inch long slender oval pods. I have grown this bean and watched it with interest every year since it's discovery in it's seed mother Jacob's Cattle Amish in 2014.

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Neables Ukrainian

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Pole/Dry. Seed patterned somewhat like Jacob's Cattle, but larger. Seeds of this variety holds it's color pattern when grown here than does Jacob's Cattle. From Annapolis Seeds in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Neptune

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Pole/Lima. Another lima variety that I had obtained from unlisted SSE member E.P. Griggs in 1980. He sent this one along with several others without a name including Ganymede. So I tagged this one Neptune.

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New Mexico Bolita

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Bush/Dry. Viney sprawling plants that cover a ground area of several feet.

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New Mexico Red Appaloosa

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Pole/Snap. 90 Days to dry seed. Light vines are very productive. Pod set comes late in the season.

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Nez Perce

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Semi runner productive dry bean. Early maturing. Easy shelling pods. Native American variety grown by the Nez Perce people.

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North Pole

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Pole/Large Seeded Lima. 100+ days to dry seed. Tall plants with more widely spaced branches. Takes a little longer season to mature it's seeds than North Star.

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North Star

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Pole/Lima. Large Seeded. 100+ days to first dry seed. I have grown this variety successfully in northern Illinois back in the early 80's. Mild flavor. 35 seeds to the ounce.

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Nova Star

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Pole/Dry. From a northern California gardener Marshall Smyth who found this outcross among his Mayflower beans in 2012. To be grown for three seasons to see if it is a true breeding type.

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Ntingi

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Bush dry bean from Kenya Africa. Seed from the bean collection of Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Nun's Belly Button

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Bush dry bean. 90 days to first dry seed. Upright plants without runners. Looks similar to a soldier bean. This one came from the private collection of an employee of Garden Organic, formerly known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association.

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Ohio Pole

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Snap. 85 days. Large pods. Native American in origin.

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Old Time Fence

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Pole/Lima. The seedcoat on this one is patterned like that of Florida Speckled. Similar in season, but descriptions I have read of Old Time Fence would indicate it grows a bit shorter. To be tried in a future grow out.

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Ora's Speckled

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Pole/Snap. This speckled greasy bean is from Jackson County, KY. It is a short bean with seeds packed tightly into it's pods.

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Orca

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Bush/Dry. 90+ days to dry seed. A.K.A. Calypso, Yin Yang. Productive plants grow to 17 inches tall, upright with out runners.

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Orca ( Double Helix Strain )

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Another bean by the name of Orca. The grower is the Double Helix farm in Conway, Arkansas who had received it from Canadian resident the late Dan McMurray. Dan was a customer and friend of the Double Helix Farm. This seed is different from the bean that I have come to know as Orca which has the large blotch of black on a rounder seed surrounding the eye against a white background.

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Oregon Giant

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Pole/Snap. Blossom pink. Green pods 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 inches long, marked with brownish purple. 7 to 8 seeds per pod. Plants are vigorous climbers. Of western U.S. origins. A long time favorite in the Pacific Northwest.

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Osborne And Clyde

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Pole/Dry. 90+ days to dry seed. Vigorous climbing plants. Green short flat pods with reddish purple mottling.

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Owl's Head

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Half Runner/Dry. Some say they have grown this bean on supports as a pole bean. I have always grown this bean on the ground like a bush type. An outcross with an interesting looking seed from Seed Savers Exchange member Will Bonsall of Maine. I had grown this one in the early 80's. Seems as if it could be unstable as it thows off different seedcoat patterns every year it's grown.

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Painted Pony

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Bush/Snap/Dry. Blossom white. About 60 days to snaps and 90 days to the first dry bean pods. Pick green pods while young before advanced seed development becomes apparent for delicious snaps. A native variety to Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Compact plants with long green slender pods about 6 to 7 inches with 4 to 6 seeds per pod.

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Pale Face

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Bush/Dry. Dry pods begin to dry sequentially in about 85 days. 18 inch tall plants stand upright and grow without runners. Oval green pods 5 x 1/2 inch. Very productive, white seed, plump, short with a light flesh toned figure around the eye remains light in tone over a long period. Seed is very close in size to a yellow eye. Easy to hand shelling as pods are easy to open. Excellent for soup or baked beans. Discovered in my gardens and named by me in 1979. The seed mother of this bean is Owl's Head.

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Palomino

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Bush/Dry. 90+ days to first dry pods. Green oval pods. Another one of John Withee's Wanigan beans reacquired from an Oregon gardener and SSE member in the winter of 2013.

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Papa de Rolla

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Dry. 90+ days to dry seed. A.K.A. "Dove's Breast" An heirloom from Portugal. Short 3.5 to 4.5 foot vines. 3 to 6 seeds per pod. Reportedly makes a good soup bean.

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Paul Bunyan Giant

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Pole snap. Central Tree Crops Research Trust has a project called The New Zealand Bean Project from which I obtained this bean. Not to be confused with Oregon Giant. They are not the same beans.