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Selugia

( seed is currently not available )

Pole dry bean. Obtained from the New Zealand Bean Project. Said to have been brought to New Zealand by a returning serviceman after the war.

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Seminole

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. Upright plants grow without runners. 65 days to snaps and 101 days to first dry seed. Bred by the Everglades Experiment Station in Belle Glade, Florida. Released in 1955. Has smooth round green 5.25 x 5/16 in. pods, and distinct beany flavor. Pods wrinkle and tighten around seeds as they dry. Result of crossing Corbett Refugee, Great Northern, Black Valentine, Commodore, and Greenpod.

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Seneca Bird Egg

( seed is currently not available )

Half Runner/Dry. 4 inch pods with up to 7 seeds per pods a little smaller than a navy bean. Productive even with the small sized seed. Plants create good volume of seed. Native American bean sent to me by a Seneca man from Pennsylvania. Grows similarly to Buxton's Buckshot except with taller plants, and identical but longer pods. Seed is colored and marked the same.

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Seneca Cornstalk

( seed is currently not available )

Pole, dry, and productive. Climbs six feet or more. Pods average 4 and half inches long, and wrinkle as they dry. Small beautiful seeds are red and white. Native variety grown by the Seneca. people.

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Shoshone

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. Small seed about the size of a navy bean. Discovered in my garden and named by me in 1979. First listed this one in the 1982 Seed Savers yearbook. Good for baked beans and soups.

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Skunk

( seed is currently not available )

Pole productive climbing dry bean. About 90 days to first dry 6 to 7 inch easy to shell pods. Traditional Iroquois/Seneca variety.

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Slovenia III

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Beautiful variety from Slovenia. From Deaflora seeds in Germany sourced for me by Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Smith River Super Speckle

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 90 DTM. Plants do not produce runners. I had grown this variety back in the early 1980's. It is rare and often difficult to obtain seed for this bean. The bean originated as an outcross from Jacob's Cattle although grown now as a stable variety for decades. The originator of the variety is an early Seed Saver Exchange member Jerry Gatchell of Drain, Oregon.

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Snowcap

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Large seeded bean. Blossom white. 90 days to first dry pods. Plants climbs to 7 feet producing 6 inch flat pods.

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Snow On The Mountain

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Lima. Productive, but slow to ripen, as many pole lima varieties are. Had been grown in the family of Reverend Roy Blount, Washington Parish, Louisiana since 1880. The variety goes back into the 1860's. The seecoat reminds me of two pole limas I had grown in the 80's. "Dale Two Toned" and "Half And Half".

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Soldier

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry 105 days to first dry seed. Upright plants grow without runners are productive and about 22 inches tall. Popular in the New England states for years, and have been cultivated there before 1800. The white beans with a red figure around the eye have a pleasant mild flavor.

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Speckled 1770

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. First dry pods in 106 days. This seed is one of four seedcoat color variations I have separated from my acquired seed sample. This pattern closely mimics Palomino. Grown in 2012 all the plants that survived the heat and drought grew upright in form without runners and produced this seedcoat color and pattern.

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Speckled 1770

( seed is currently not available )

Bush dry bean. A third seedcoat variation separated from my acquired seed sample of this bean. Looks like a throwback to Jacob's Cattle. Maybe a cross of Big Soldier (SSE Bean 1770) and Jaccob's Cattle.

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Splash Trout

( Available in amounts of 20 seeds )

Pole/Dry. 103 days for first dry beans. Blossom White. Oval flattened green pods 4.75 x 1/2 in. long. The seed is patterned similar to "Money" except this one displays more area of white, and patterning is affected by growing conditions. Originally from one of the earlier members of SSE the late Ernest B. Dana of Etna, New Hampshire.

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Staley's Surprise

( seed is currently not available )

Bush. Blossom lilac. Pods are green 7 inches long (18 cm). Australian variety that was bred by Arthur Staley an 1880's to early 1900's seed merchant from East Gippsland, Victoria. The bean comes to me via a New South Wales resident.

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Stevenson

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Lima. An original variety introduced by the late SSE member Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Seed was acquired from SSE member Christopher Inhulsen of the state of Georgia.

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Stevenson's Black Eye

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. Another of the original varieties developed by late SSE member Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Seed of this bean was acquired from former SSE member John Staples living in the state of New York.

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Stevenson's Blue Eye

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. 114 days to first dry seeds. Discovered, and named by one of the earlier SSE members. The late Ralph Stevenson of Tekonsha, Michigan. Originally an outcross he found in one of his bean gardens in the early 80's. Sold commercially by Annapolis Seeds in Canada.

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Stringless Green Refugee

( seed is currently not available )

Bush green snap.

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Succotash

( seed is currently not available )

Pole dry bean. The bean that looks like black kernels of corn. No doubt one the most unusual beans I have known. It comes from the United States originally from the Northern Native American Tribes (Narragansett Tribe especially) where it was used for soups and a dish of its same name-often mixed with other things, mainly corn.

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Tamila

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Moderate climber, but very productive. Oval 5 inch (12cm) pods contain between 5 to 7 seeds. The variety is grown in western Ukraine. My seed comes from a New York state "Seed Savers Exchange" member.

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Tanya's Pink Pod

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 60 days to snaps. Pink podded bean. Found in a row of "Sequoia" beans by Tanya, an employee of the Salt Springs Seed Company in British Columbia, Canada.

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Tarahumara Capirame

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. Blossom Light Pink. 90 days to first dry seed. Patterned much like other horticultural varieties. From Tarahumara people of the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico. I believe this is probably the same bean as Capirame just a more lengthened form of the name.

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Taylor

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 80 days to first dry beans. Horticultural bean. Typical seedcoat colors of tan, buff, white or off white with red speckles and streaks. I believe this to be the same bean as Taylor's Dwarf Horticultural. I believe this is simply the shortened version of the name.

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Temple Of Peace

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Lima.

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Tendergreen

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 45-55 days to snaps, and 90 days to first dry pods. Early, Productive, tender, stringless green round pods that wrinkle and tighten around their seed as they dry. Plants are rigid, upright, and compact around 15 inches tall. First introduced by the Peter Henderson Company in 1922. An All American Selections winner in 1933. Another one of my snap bean favorites.

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Tenderpod

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 50 days to snaps and 90 days to first dry pods. Upright plants are runnerless and widely adapted. 4.5 to 5.5 inch long round green pods are early, and stringless. Pods wrinkle and tighten around their seeds as they dry. Released in 1941. An All American Selections Winner of the same year. A very delightful snap variety to grow. I wonder how many people had grown this one is World War 2 victory gardens.

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Tene's Bean

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 90 Days to first dry seed. Grown by the Larry Locke's family of Grand Manan, Nebraska for three generations. Larry Locke’s grandfather Ashton was given some by a Miss Albertine Bancroft around 1920. They have been grown by the family ever since.

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Tennessee Wonder

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Snap 80 days. Blossom pink. 8 to 8 1/2 inch green round pods. Landreth Seed Company introduced the variety sometime before 1901, but very likely goes back much further.

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Tiger's Eye

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 65 days to shell beans. 85 days to first dry seed. A.K.A. Pepa De Zapallo. Plants produce wide flattened pods. The variety has it's origins in Chile, and Argentina.

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Tobacco Patch

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.00

Bush/Dry. 90 days to first dry seed. Earlier than "Soldier". Strong upright plants grow without runners holding it's pods well off the ground. In our 2012 heat and drought this variety went through the "Summer From Hell" like nothing unusual was happening. A truly impressive performance.

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Topcrop

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 53 days to snaps. Blossom light pink. Widely adapted. Vigorous plants have high yields of a concentrated pod set of round medium green 5 to 6 inch pods. Resistant to BCMV and Bean Pod Mottle Virus, and NY 15. Bred by the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland. Introduced in 1947. All American Selections Award winner in 1950. Parentage is United States 5 Refugee and Full Measure. Another of my all time favorite snap varieties.

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Topnotch Golden Wax

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. Yellow podded. Blossom White. 50-55 days to first snaps. Productive plants are 15 to 18 inches tall yielding light yellow round pods. Listed in seed catalogs as early as the late 1940's.

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Trebulino Di Domenico

( seed is currently not available )

Pole, productive Italian variety.

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Turkey Craw

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Snap. 108 days to first dry seed. Blossom white. 5 to 7 inch flat green pods that wrinkle and tighten around seed as they dry. Vigorous plants climb to 8 feet.

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Tuvagliedda

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. Productive variety possibly of Italian origin.

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Uncle Willies

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. Blossom white. 90+ days to first dry seed. Large production of 6 inch pods on 18 inch plants containing these typically appearing horticultural looking seeds. From Annapolis Seed Company Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Unrivaled Wax

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Yellow/Snap. Stocky productive plants 12 to 14 inches (30-36cm) tall Produces 5 inch (12cm) tender, stringless snap pods early and of good quality. First appeared in the Vilmorin seed catalog in France in 1909. Brought to the U.S. in 1913 by D.M. Ferry And Company. By 1931 the variety was listed in nearly one-fourth of the seed catalogs of the day. Has the reputation of doing well in drought conditions.

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Uzice Speckled Wax

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Snap Wax. Wax variety from Uzice region of Serbia. 75 days to snaps and 120 days to dry seed.

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Van Goghs Olive

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. Variety from France. Seed was sourced from the bean collection of Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer).

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Vermont Appaloosa

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 85 days to dry seed. Can be picked as snap beans when young. Short Compact plants produce 4 to 5 inch pods containing 4 to 5 seeds. Native to Central and South America. The variety has been cultivated in the southwest.

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Vermont Yellow Eye

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. 90 to 110 days to dry seed. From Deaflora seeds in Germany Via Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Victoria Brown Eyes

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 65 days to first snaps and 90 days to first dry pods. Vigorous 20 inch tall plants produce plump tasty pods. Another Robert Lobitz introduced and named variety.

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Volga German Siberian

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. 108 days to first dry pods. 4.5 to 5 inch pods can contain up to 7 seeds. Beautiful large horticultural patterned seeds. Good dry or for fresh shelling. Said to be cold tolerant, originates from German Mennonites who were brought to the Volga River region of Russia by Katharina the Great. Obtained this variety from Soren Holt in Kastrup, Denmark.

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Wadena

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. 85 days to first dry beans. Small dark pink seeds with red around the eye, 3 3/4 inch pods, very productive. Introduced and named by SSE member the Late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota.

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Wanamingo

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. 85 days to first dry seed. Large productive plants bearing 5 to 6 inch pods. Seeds look like a large version of "Magpie" Magpie and Jumbo cross. Introduced and named by the late Robert Lobitz.

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Weaver

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Snap. 66 days to snaps. Productive variety of long flattened pods. Introduced by a west coast seed company in the 1920's. Dry seed said to make a good soup bean.

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Webber Wax

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap/Wax. Pickable pods in 47-49 days. AKA Clifford Wonder, Admiral Wax, Vanguard, Clifford New Wonder Wax, and Cracker Jack Wax. Introduced in 1913 by Forbes in Plymouth, Indiana. Grows much like a yellow podded Bountiful. Fairly drought resistant. Plants are somewhat compact 12-15 inches tall. Blossom White. Pods 5-6 inches long.

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Weiner Treib

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Dry. From the bean collection of Astrid Storm of Jevenstedt, Germany. Her collection can be seen at Bohnen-atlas.de.

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White Robin

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. 112 days to dry seed in our 2012 heat and drought. Tall viney plants produce 6 to 7 inch pods with 6 to 7 seeds per pod. Another Robert Lobitz introduced and named variety. Similar to a bean I grew back in the 80's called Lila Stuart, except this one is a lighter shade of red.

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Wild Goose

( seed is currently not available )

Half Runner/Dry. A Canadian Wild Goose look-a-like , and I would venture a guess that it grows like it too. Perhaps to be tried in a future growing season.

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Witzenhausen

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry Another of the lovely beans acquired from Deaflora in Germany via Harriet Mella of Austria.

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Yellow Bird

( seed is currently not available )

Half Runner/Dry. A viney plant that sprawls a bit on the ground as it matures. Very productive of 4 inch pods. The bean comes out of and is related to Bird Egg and Bird Egg #2.

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Yellow Orange

( seed is currently not available )

Pole/Dry. I have not grown this bean for 32 years. Will be given a try again in 2013. Most likely I will find these to have fairly short rounded pods about 4 inches long, and seeds crowded close in the pods as evident by the flattened seed ends.

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Zumbro Falls

( seed is currently not available )

Bush/Snap. Another cultivar in the large bean legacy of the Late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota. Robert named the bean after the little town of Zumbro Falls a little over 200 population in Wabasha county in southeastern Minnesota.

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Zuni Shalako

( seed is currently not available )

Semi-Runner/Dry. 107 days for dry seed. Viney spreading plants Seedcoat is patterned similar to New Mexico Red Appaloosa, Gila, and a few others. Used in late fall visitation of the Shalako Kachina for directional blessings of new dwellings in Zuni Pueblo.

 

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