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Pawnee

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Bush/Dry. 90 days to first dry pods. Very clean shelling, productive on upright plants without runners. Found in my garden & named by me in 1979. Listed the bean in the '82 and '83 SSE yearbook. Discovered the bean is sold commercially. Terrior Seeds told me their source seed was Seed Savers. A brief reference in a bean book I published in 1980 called "Hill Of Beans", a copy of which can be viewed at SSE's Heritage Farm Library, and on this website.

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Peinsipps Zweifarbige

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Pole/Dry. Another of the beautiful bean varieties acquired in trade from my Austrian gardening friend Harriet Mella.

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Penland Family

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Pole/Snap. Productive plants that climb to over 6 feet producing 4.50 to 6 x 1/2 inch long pods. The variety original comes from Gene Moore of Knoxville, Tennessee in 1864.

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Peruvian Goose

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Pole/Dry. 108 days to first dry pods. Does not appear to be a strong climber. It has been said the dry bean has a smooth texture and is good in soups and for baked beans. It's name would suggest a South American origin from Peru.

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Petit Gris

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Pole/Dry. This lovely variety comes to me by the way of Guy Dirix who lives in Belgium. An heirloom from Normandy, France. Very productive plants become loaded with short 4 inch round pods.

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Petaluma Gold Rush

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Pole/Dry. Short Rounded seeded horticultural type from Peru. Introduced to San Francisco area about 1840-1841 by Adeline Azevedo Frye. Sold by Azevedo family as snap and dry bean to mining camps. The plants are vigorous, producing vines that grow up to 10 feet tall.

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Ping Zebra

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Pole lima bean from China. This beautiful seed comes to me from the bean collection of Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Pink

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Semi-Runner/Dry. 85 days to dry beans. Viney sprawling plants are very productive of 4 inch pods filled with 4 to 5 light pink seeds. Good in chili or soups.

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Pink Fog

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Origin is in the U.S.A. Acquired from the bean collection of Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Pink Panther

Packet size 20 Seeds $3.00

Bush dry grows without runners. First dry pods in about 85 days. Very productive plants. The bean comes to me from my Austrian bean friend in Leibenfels Harriet Mella. Bred by Erich Gerencser of Styria, Austria. The bean also produces on occassion a beutiful reverse of it's colors where the pinkish base color is replaced by red with it's typical white on the tip of the seed.

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Pink Trout

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Bush dry grows without runners. First dry pods in about 85 days. Productive plants grow to about 18 inches tall. I had originally grown this bean in the early 1980's as a gift from former SSE member the late Ernest B. Dana of Etna, N.H.

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Piros Feher

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Semi-Runner/Dry. 90+ days for dry beans. Viney fairly productive plants produce 3.5 to 5 inch smooth pods containing 3 to 5 short plump seeds. A Hungarian variety pronounced Pee-Rosh-Fay-hair. An attractive seed that seems to closely mimic the Jacob's Cattle seedcoat pattern.

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Plentiful

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush Snap. 55 days to snaps and 85 days to first dry pods. Widely adapted. Bred and introduced by the Ferry-Morse Seed Company of Detroit, Michigan in 1938. Resistant to some forms of rust. Pods are oval, fleshy, dark green, and straight.

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Poletschka

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Pole stringless snap bean pick over a very long period. Also be used as a dry bean. 108 days to dry seed. Fairly vigorous climber to 6 feet. 4.25 inch long round green pods wrinkle moderately and develp constrictions revealing the places where the seeds have formed. The variety originates in the native village of Kostilnyky in Western Ukraine. My donor for this variety was a Danish Seed Saver Lila Towle from Tjele, Denmark.

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Port Natal

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Bush dry bean from South Africa. The variety was sourced from Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Prefontaine

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 110 days to first dry pods. Late but does produce it's seed crop within my frost free period in my hardiness zone 5 climate. Tall 24 inch plants. Holds it's seed coat color and pattern in our hot summer weather unlike Jacob's Cattle which will turn nearly all red. Donated to the USDA in 1982 by Johnny's Selected Seeds in the days of Rob Johnston but never listed in any of Johnny's catalogs.

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Prince

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Bush/Snap Blossom light pink. 60 days to snaps. 90+ days to dry seed. A.K.A. "The Prince" It was the result of a cross of Superlative and Perfection. Introduced by Sutton And Sons in the U.K. in 1927, and in the U.S in 1929. The pods are brittle and stringless but coarse textured. Long, 7 to 8 inches. My original seed start for Prince comes from the Ozark Seed Bank.

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Prinsesse X Borlotti Lingua di Fuoco

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Bush/Dry Prinsesse is a very old Danish variety preserved for generations by a vegetarian family for over a century. This F3 seed is the result of a cross of this variety with Borlotti Lingua di Fuoco Nano. From Soren Holt of Kastrup Denmark. A small number of plants in 2013 yielded the seedcoat I am looking to select, and is pictured here. If all works out in future growing seasons the bean will be renamed Yellow Jacket.

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Prolific Black Wax

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Bush/Snap/Wax. Selected from several plants by Calvin Keeney and William Woodbridge Tracy Senior in a field of German Black Wax in Genesee county New York. Introduced in 1888 by several seed companies. Pods are light yellow, brittle, tender, stringless, and fiberless.

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Provider

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Bush/Snap. 50 days to snaps. Introduced to the public in 1963. Developed by the USDA Vegetable Breeding Lab in Charleston, South Carolina. Parentage: Valentine, Logan, Ashley Wax, Asgrow Stringless Greenpod, and Commodore. Plants bear heavy yields 6 inch stringless round green pods. Widely adapted. Another of my all time favorites snap varieties.

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Purple Amazon

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Bush purple podded snap. 85 days. Very large plant with large leaves. It has been said by some to be the late SSE member Robert Lobitz's best purple podded bean.

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Purple Diamond

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Bush purple podded snap bean. Blossom Purple. 55 to 60 days for snaps. An original variety by the late SSE member Robert Lobitz. Seed coloration is similar to some of Robert's other purple podded beans suggesting to me they could all be closely related varieties.

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Purple Eye

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Pole/Lima. 65 days to shell stage, and 100+ for dry beans. Plants are very productive and strong climbers. These do very well here in Illinois. Producing and abundance of seed.

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Purple Face

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Semi-Runner/Dry. 116 days for dry beans. Seed in marked similarly to Molasses Face except in colors of purple and white. Another early 80's outcross discovered in my bean gardens and named by me.

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Purple Jester

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Prostrate/Dry. 105+ days to dry seed. This one came out of a grow out of "Orca" in 2011. It's either a cross, mutation or maybe that my Orca just displayed a lighter color and turned purple in 2011. Has a prostrate growth habit being runnerless, sprawling and covering an area of ground.

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Purple Prince

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Purple Rain

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Bush/Snap. 5 inch Purple pods. Another of the many Robert Lobitz named and introduced varieties.

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Purple Rose

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Bush/Snap. Lighter shade of purple on 5 inch pods. Vigorous productive plants. A Robert Lobitz purple podded strain.

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Purple Stardust

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap. 110 days to first dry seed. 5 to 6 inch purple pods. Large productive plants. This bean is colored and patterned the same as one called Mrociumere, but the seed of Purple Stardust is heavier, and a bit wider. The pods are also wider and shorter. An original named and introduced variety by the late SSE member Robert Lobitz. Seeds of this bean can be sourced through other members of the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

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Purpur

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Pole/Dry. From Harriet Mella Austrian gardener. Possibly named for the color of purple that ruling kings would like.

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Puregold Wax

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap/Wax. Bred by the Rogers Brothers Seed Company of Idaho Falls, Idaho and released in 1947. Dark foliage and golden yellow pods. That are round, straight, smooth, and stringless. Resistant to bean mosaic virus1 and 15. Tolerance to curly top. Widely adapted. Parentage is Brittle Wax x Wisconsin Hybrid Wax 536.

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PXBT-PP-97B-OOH

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. Very productive viney sprawling plants that bear 4 inch pods. A bean with a number for a name. Actually this bean is an original un-named bean from the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota. This code number was given to this bean by Robert.

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Railroad

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Bush/Dry. 90+ days to dry beans. Blossom white. Productive plants upright in growth without runners.

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Ram's Horn

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Pole/Snap. Large oval pods streaked with purple 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) long. Huge heavy vigorous plants that can climb to 12 feet or more, and needs strong support. Seed is medium kidney shaped mouse gray with a slight buff tan undercolor, black stripes and black eye ring. This bean was part of John Withee's Wanigan collection. One I had grown before back in the early 80's. Discovered this bean being grown by Jaanes Aalders in the Netherlands.

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Ranger

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Snap. Bred by Asgrow Seed Company in 1947. Widely Adapted. 56 days to snaps. Pods 5" x 3/8". Plants spreading, with short runners, very productive. Resistant to common bean mosaic and to powdery mildew. Pods round, mostly straight, stringless, silvery green, free from fiber.

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Reade Krobbe

Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.00

Bush dry bean. Another Friesian heirloom having been grown a long time in the Netherlands. The Red Beetle looks quite similar to an English variety called Early Warwick. In the way of gardening the Brits and the Dutch hold a lot in common.

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Red Calico

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Pole/Lima 110+ days to dry seed. Red flat seeds with dark purple markings. Plants are prolific producers of pods and seed. Once the plants seed has become mature enough the drying period progresses fairly rapidly. This variety has been around in America possibly for several hundred years.

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Red Cattle

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Bush/Dry. 85 days to first dry pods. Large productive plants without runners. Originates in the south of France.

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Red Sport

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Bush dry bean. Another original bean discovered in my garden in 1981, and named by me. First listed in the SSE winter yearbook in 1982. A productive and healthy alternate to a red kidney. Will Bonsall has been the only other SSE member to list this bean.

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Red Turtle

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.00

Semi runner dry bean. Blossom white. First dry pods in about 85 to 90 days. Produces a prolific number of 4 inch pods and solid medium red seed. Easy to shell. Good in soup, chili or as a baked bean. One of my original beans discovered growing among Black Turtle Soup in the 1970's, and named by me. I first listed this bean in the 1980 Seed Savers Exchange yearbook, and has been listed by 9 other members. Does well in both cool and hot summers.

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Red Valentine

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Bush/Snap. 60 days snaps, 90 dry. Round green pods wrinkle and tighten around seed as they dry. An American variety known since the early 1830's. Very popular in it's time. Replaced by larger podded types. Still an excellent variety to grow. Productive plants to 14 inches tall. This strain was grown by an early SSE member Dorotha Shortridge of New Castle, Indiana, and donated to John Withee's Wanigan bean network in the 1970's.

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Red-Eyed Ranger

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Bush/Dry. Dry seed in around 90 days. Named by me. This bean comes out of a grow out of Cherry Trout. It remains to be seen if this one will continue to grow with regular traits.

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Red Lima

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Pole/Lima. A variety from the collection of the late SSE member Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Kept in recent years by SSE at their Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa.

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Red Marbles

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Pole/Dry. Another of several varieties gifted to me by Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Refugee

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.00

Half Runner/Snap. Green podded. 60 days to snaps and 85 days to first dry seed. Syns. Brown Speckled Valentine, Improved Refugee, Late Refugee, Late Prolific Refugee, Round Pod Refugee. Very disease resistant. Sold by the seedhouse of J.M. Thorburn & Company as early as 1822. The most popular of the green pod bush beans in the 1800's. So popular of a variety that is was widely grown well into the 20th century.

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Refugee Wax

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap/Wax. Yellow podded. Plants large spreading with many runner like branches. Productive with a long bearing season. This stringless form was selected from a stringy form of Refugee Wax by Calvin Keeney sometime before 1897.

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Rio Zape

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.00

Semi Runner/Dry. 80 days to dry seed. Green pods turn purple as they begin to dry. The bean was reportedly found in an Anasazi cliff-dwelling archeological dig in the American southwest. The beans have a creamy texture with a slight bit of chocolate flavor.

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Rockwell

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Bush dry bean type. Originally grown by Elisha Rockwell from Coupeville, Washington in the late 1800's. Became popular in the small pioneer community because of it's ability to germinate in cool soils, and mature rapidly.

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Rode Soldatenboon

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Bush/Dry. In English the name is Red Soldier Bean. Sourced this bean from a gardener in the Netherlands. The seed looks a bit heavier than many of the soldiers grown in the U.S. plus an additional color in the eye figure.

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Rose Creek Beauty

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Bush/Snap. Large plants with 6 inch long green pods. Another Robert Lobitz introduced and name varieties.

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Rosie Clare

Packet Size 12 Seeds $3.00

Pole/Lima. 106 days to first dry pods. Large pods and seeds like Christmas. Very productive plants produce most of it's seed crop within the range of my zone 5 climate. Traded among SSE members in the 1990's then suddenly disappeared. Upon the passing of SSE member Tom Knoche of Sardinia, Ohio in 2013. Curt Burroughs of Memphis, Missouri and friend Glenn Drowns of Sandhill Prevervation Center. Discovered the seed of Rosiclare in Tom's freezer seed collection.

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Rose D'Eyragues

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Bush/Dry. Blossom white. Productive plants grow upright without runners. 5 in. long by 7/16 in. wide pods contain 4 to 6 horticultural patterned seeds. This one was acquired from the private collection of a Garden Organic employee from Derby, U.K. who had a friend who purchased the bean from a flea market in Paris.

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Rose Eye Pink

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.00

Semi-Runner/Dry. Short, viney, spreading productive plants. 3.50-4.25 x 1/2 inch pods contain 3 to 5 small seeds about the size of a navy bean. A stable outcross discovered in my garden in the very early 80's and named by me. After looking at the seed the name will be obvious. First listed it in the SSE yearbook in 1982.

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Round Pod Kidney Wax

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Snap/Wax. Another form of Kidney Wax. Large plants grows without runners. Blossoms white. Large leaves and thick stemmed with a greenish yellow shading. Pods are slightly variable in size but long. Medium yellow brittle and stringless. Introduced by Johnson And Stokes Seeds in 1900. Another Calvin Keeney development and credited to N.B. Keeney & Son of Leroy, New York as the originator of the variety.

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San Antonio

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Pole/Snap/Shelly. Supposedly can be used as a snap when young, but might be best used in the shelly stage. A variety that is kept by Garden Organic as part of their Heritage Seed Library. To be tried in 2013 here.

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Sailor

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Bush early dry bean grows without runners. Blossom pink on productive plants that grow to about 18 to 20 inches tall. Six inch pods contain 4 to 6 seeds. This bean had been a part of John Withee's Wanigan collection.