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African Cave

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Productive plants grow without runners. Blossom white. Plants grow to about 18 to 20 inches tall. Round green pods look very much like a snap bean. Seeds are brown and white and patterened similar to Jacob's Cattle. Matures first dry pod in about 80 days.

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African Premier

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Bush/Dry. An early horticultural variety with a pink base color from Kenya Africa. My First encounter with African Premier was in 1978 as one of the beans that John Withee had in his Wanigan collection.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 85 Days to first dry pods which are 4.5 x 1/4 iches. Blossom Cream. Said to be a rare Columbian variety. Looks similar to soldier. Seeds seem a slight bit heavier. Short season will begin to produce dry seed in about 84 days. Productive upright plants without runners. Acquired this variety from Amy Hawk of Calhan, Colorado who grows her gardens a 6,700 ft. elevation.

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Alice Sunshine

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Bush/Snap. Blossom White. About 50 days to first snaps, and around 80 days for the start of dry seed production. 20" tall plants upright in growth without runners. Heavy yields of 6-8" green pods. An original bean variety developed and named by the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota.

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Amber Pearl

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Blossom light pink. 100 days to first dry seeds. Plants are upright in growth without runners. High yielding variety and one of the many bean originals by the late Robert Lobitz of Paynesville, Minnesota. The seedcoat reminds me of a outcross I had in my bean gardens in the 1980's called Pecatonica. Which is pictured on my outcrosses page on row 16 first photo on the left.

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Anderson's Wonder

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush. Blossom pale lilac. Short plants develop 7 inch (18 cm) flat green pods. An Australian variety that originates with Anderson and Company. A late 19th and early 20th century Sydney, Australia seed company. Comes to me via a New South Wales resident.

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Angel Eye

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Blossom white. 85 days to first dry pods. Then pods dry sequentally. 18 to 20 inch tall plants are very productive. Another original bean of mine that was named by an exceptional bean grower Jaanes Aalders of Groningen, Netherlands.

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Bush/Dry. Blossom white. First dry pods in 91 days. Plants are upright without runners. Said to be related to the Pinto bean. This variety takes it's name from the Appaloosa horse which has somewhat similar markings and coloring.

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Packet Size 15 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. Blossom pink. True bush form grows without runners. Six inch long pods if allowed to dry for seed will begin drying in about 90 days. A Robert Lobitz original bean named and introduced by him around 1999. Named for Atwater, Minnesota which is located in east central Kandiyohi County along Minnesota highway 12.

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Bamberger Blaue

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/dry. 98 days to first dry pods. Productive robust plants grow upright without runners to 28 inches tall (71 cm). 6.5 inch (16.5 cm) green pods yield 5 to 6 slightly kidney shaped seeds strikingly beautiful especially when harvested new. 9.25 feet (281.94 cm) of row space yielded a pound and a half (680.3 kg) of seed here this year in 2013. Often used as a baked bean in Germany. From the bean collection of Astrid Storm Jevenstedt, Germany. Her website

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Beka Brown

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Very Productive. Dry seed crop begins in about 90 days. Green short rounded pods. Plants said to throw of some tendril like growth. Described in John Withee's Wanigan bean catalog in the 80's as a Canadian bush variety grown for soup and baking. To be grown in 2013.

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Berry's Best

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. From the Burt Berrier collection of Canon City, Colorado. Berrier was a farm equipment salesmen in the 1950's. As he made calls on his farmer customers he ocassionaly collected beans from them. This bean would eventually make it's way into John Withee's Wanigan Collection.

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Best Of All Wax

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. Wax variety from a fellow in Belgium by the name of Guy Dirix. History of this bean is not known at the present time. The seed looks very similar to Brittle Wax. Will have to see how close they compare during a grow out

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Bird Egg

Packet Size 40 Seeds $3.50

Semi-Runner/Dry. Acquired this bean from Seed Savers Exchange in the early 80's. Given to me on loan from Kent Whealey. Saw the beans description in an older issue of the SSE yearbook then reaquired this bean from that member. When the seed arrived I recognized it as the Bird Egg that I first knew from SSE in the early 80's but since the bean has been traded among SSE members for nearly 3 decades the bean seed and the leaves of the plant now show some differences from Bird Egg #2 which this bean is related too.

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Bird Egg #2

Packet Size 40 Seeds $3.50

Semi-Runner/Dry. 110+ days to first dry pods. Very productive plants 20 inches tall sprawl on the ground, and do not stand upright as they mature. A bean I had originally acquired from Seed Savers Exchange in the early 80's and given to me on loan from Kent Whealey. The bean orignally was called Bird Egg. During the 80's I had filled requests for this bean for members of the Seed Savers Exchange. In early 2013 I acquired the bean again from SSE's Heritage Farm and found that the beans name had been changed to Bird Egg #2.

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Bird Egg Blue

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. This bean originating in my garden 1981 and named by me. Has been wonderfully stable ever since it's discovery. Plants are upright in growth without runners. I did not keep a record of every single variety from which each cross came from. It would be an interesting little bit of bean history had I had that information on this variety now. I first introduced this bean in the 1983 SSE yearbook. Now being sold commercially by Heritage Harvest Seeds in Carmen, Manitoba, Canada.

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Black And White Goose

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Half Runner. Grows to about 5 or 6 feet. Discovered this bean in my garden around 1980 and named by me when I was growing large bean gardens on my 6 acre property just south of Capron, Illinois. The markings on the seed are set wider apart than many beans that have small streaks and speckles I liked the idea of the story of goose beans and decided since it looked slightly like another goose variety. I wanted to get into the goose bean naming business.

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Black And White Trout

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush Dry bean variety. Similar seedcoat pattern as Jacob's Cattle (aka Trout). The darker color doesn't appear to me to be a true black but a purple coloration. Obtained from Amy Hawk (E5 Ranch/Simply Beans) in Calhan, Colorado where she grows her beans at an altitude of about 6,700 feet.

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Black Cattle

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 90 days to first dry pods. Good sized seed with large productive plants. Variety originates in the south of France.

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Black Coco

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush dry variety. Blossom pink. Begins to produce dry pods around 85 days. Lovely nice size rounded bean. Supposedly can be used also as a snap, and shell beans when the seed is still soft and a bit immature. Plants are upright in growth without runners.

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Black Good Mother Stallard

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. Maybe more of a semi or half runner. Found growing among Good Mother Stallard over a decade ago by Debbie Groat of Rhodes, Michigan. She believes this bean is a mutation as the bean has never segregated, but always has grown true to type. Beans are about half the size of Good Mother Stallard, but patterned the same way in black and white.

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Black Horse

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush Dry. Blossom deep pink. Productive bean begins to produce dry pods around 85 days. The remaining pods dry sequentially over a period of about three weeks. Black Horse does not produce as large of a bean as Black Coco but more of them. Began as an outcross from Will Bonsall of Industry, Maine. Will is famous for his Scattered Seed project. I began grow outs of this bean in 2015 and named this bean in 2018. This bean has grown true for three years which is the test for a bean that has become stable and a true breeding type.

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Black Nightfall

Packet size 50 seeds $3.50

Semi-Runner/Dry. 100 days to first dry seed. Viney plants can be grown on the ground like a bush bean, but would probably benefit from growing on some support. Very productive of 4 to 5 inch oval green pods that are lightly streaked with purple. 4 to 6 small seeds per pod. Small seeded beans generally make up in volume for what they lack in size of their seeds. When beans becomes mature pods dry down rapidly.

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Black Star

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole Black seeded Lima variety. Medium size seed. Plants begin producing dry pods in about 90 days. Got this one from the folks at Sandhill Preservation Center in Calamus, Iowa.

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Black Trout

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Blossom light pink. 85 days for the beginning of dry seed. Seed is patterned similarly to Jacob's Cattle. Seed to me does not appear to be a true black, but rather purple and white similar to Black And White Trout.

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Black Turtle

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Heavy producer of short round pods tightly filled with slightly plump small black seeds. Pods become purple tinted as seeds get into the green shell stage. My obtained seed did not grow.

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Black Valentine

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. Blossom pink. Hardy and moderately productive. An old and once commercial variety known before 1850. Plants about 12 to 14 inches tall are runnerless, and foliage is rather open. Dark green pods borne high on the plant are large enough for snap beans in about 50 days. Dry seed begins around 75 to 90 days.

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Blooming Prairie

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.50

Bush. Blossom fushia. Purple poded dry bean. First Dry pods in about 90 days. Plants grow with an upright form and runnerless. This bean is one of the many original varieties of the late Robert Lobitz. Named after Blooming Prairie, Minnesota which is located just slightly southwest of Rochester, Minnesota along Minnesota state route 30. The town lies mostly in Steele County. Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds in Nova Scotia declares that Blooming Prairie is one of the most beautiful dry beans he has ever grown.

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Blue Bloom

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Half Runner/Snap. Leaves are large and glossy. First dry pods in about 90 days. From the hills of Tennessee. Plants around 18 inches tall bear many 4 inch pods.

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Blue Jay

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. Blossom pink. 65 days snap, 90 days dry. Discovered and named by me in 1977. Found it's seeds among the white seeded 19th century French snap heirloom Comtesse de Chambord. Brought to commercial status in Canada by Bob Wildfong and Shirley Bellows of Seeds Of Diversity Canada. Sold by Mandy's Greenhouse, Andrea Berry's Hope Seeds & Perrenials, plus over 10 other Canadian seed companies. I First listed this bean in the SSE Yearbook from 1980 to '86.

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Blue Shaxamaxon

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole. Pods turn dark purple when dry. Native variety grown by the Seneca people.

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Pole/dry. 95 days to dry seed. Also known as "Beautiful". May possibly be an old time bean from the state of Maine. Several Seed Savers Exchange members list their source of the bean from Maine, and John Withee of Wanigan Associates back in the 1970's listed his source as being from Bowdoin, Maine.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush variety. Dry bean from the Ukraine. Did some bean trading and acquired this one from Joseph Simcox (The Botanical Explorer). To be grown in 2014.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/snap. 47 to 50 days to pickable pods. Early, stringless, flat podded that remain in good eating condition long after picking. Introduced by the Peter Henderson Company in 1898. The variety got it's name through a naming contest that the Henderson company had held. A 25 dollar prize was awarded to Abel Steele of Ferguson, Ontario in 1897 for coming up with the beans name.

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Bountiful Ester

Packet Size 30 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 100 Days. Sprawling viney plants that do not climb. No ancient history of this one is known, except that SSE member Ralph Coon of Flint, Michigan seems to be the main progenitor of the variety beginning about the mid 1980's.

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Bosnian Pole

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. 65 to 75 days to snaps and 95 to first dry pods. 5 inch thick meaty stringless flattened pods. As the name implys a variety from Bosnia. The white patch on the seed is said to develop after the seed ages awhile. Acquired in a bean swap from the representative for western Canada of Seeds of Diversity Canada Shirley Bellows.

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Boston Favorite

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Grows without runners. Matures it's first dry pod in about 90 days, and most of it's dry pods within about 115 days. Six inch green pods lightly splashed in red. An old cranberry or horticultural type originally known as Godard which was grown around the Boston area before 1885. Back then the variety had a runner forming habit. Today's strains are the improved version.

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Brauner Bar

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Semi-Runner/Dry. Blossom white. Short productive viney plants lay on the ground as the plants grow. Early, 90 days to first dry pods. It's German name in English means Brown Bear. Seedcoat pattern is much like Molasses Face except in brown and white.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Dry. Acquired this lovely rounded seeded bean when I did some bean trading in the winter of 2013. Thanks to a very nice Austrian lady by the name of Harriet Mella for her act of accidently finding this website. This bean with the colors of Bobolink patterns it's color with the red area not centered around the eye, but around one end of the seed.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. Early 90 to 95 days. Vigorous vines with violet flowers. 8 inch long wide flat pods speckled in maroon remain crisp longer. Probably fairly cold hardy, and well adapted to wet springs. It has been said seed of this variety can be direct sown when daytime highs reach about 60 degrees. A very old variety kept by the native American people.

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Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Semi-Runner/Dry. Not a strong climber. Could be grown on the ground as bush type. Productive plants produce large seeds somewhat kidney shaped seed with a tan base and streaked and speckled with red. A J.R. Hepler variety developed in 1946 at the UNH. A cross between French Horticultural and Gage, a New Hampshire horticultural bean. Sold by his son's seed company the Billy Hepler Seed Co. from the late 1940's through the early 1950's.

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Brittle Wax

Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.50

Bush/snap. Yellow poded. Early, prolific, 45-55 days to snaps. Introduced in 1900 by the Johnson And Stokes seed company under the name Twentieth Century Dwarf Wax. The name was changed to Brittle Wax in 1902 as the result of a naming contest. A cross between Black-eyed Wax and Round-pod Refugee. Therefore a half brother of Round-pod Kidney Wax and Pencil Pod Black Wax through the Round-pod Refugee parentage.

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Brown-Eyed Goose

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Half Runner/Dry. Discovered in my garden and named by me around 1980. Never kept a record of what bean it was discovered growing among, but will become more re-acquanted again in 2013.

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Brown Kidney

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush grows without runners. Round green pods resemble snap pods. First dry pod in about 80 days. Variety was part of John Withee's Wanigan collection. I had once acquired it from Wanigan in 1978 and the bean became the seed mother of Pawnee in 1979.

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Brown Trout

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/dry. Blossom light pink. Early 80 days to first dry pods. Seedcoat color pattern similar to Jacob's Cattle except in brown and white instead of maroon and white. Amount of white area on seed can vary from season to season depending on weather conditions. Soil type will also affect the seedcoat color expression. As planted in 2012. The resulting seedcrop was about 99.5% brown.

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Buckskin Girl

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. An endangered variety also having been sold commercially by two seed companies. 55 days to snaps and 90 to first dry pods. White blossoms on a sprawling 16 inch plant. 6 inch green pods with a delicate sweet flavor.

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Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Snap. Green poded. Discovered in my bean garden and named by me in 1979. I believe this one is also a product of the Contender x Cherokee Wax cross. This bean seemed to revert back closer to Contender in seed color. It's gentic makeup is probably not the same as Contender. Very productive. Grew some of these in the summer of 2014, and found them to be of good bean flavor, tender and stringless.

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Buxton Buckshot

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Half Runner/Dry. 110+ days to dry pods. An old heirloom variety from Buxton, Maine. Climbs to about 4 feet. Pods are round green with purple streaks. In the dry stage pods have very rounded lumps where the seed has formed. Seeds are very round and a little smaller than a navy bean. A fun one to grow and experience.

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Packet Size 35 Seeds $3.50

Semi-Runner/Dry. Obtained this tan bean in 1979 mixed into a packet of Zebra which I had gotten from Wanigan Associates. John Withee told me his Zebra bean was sent by a grower in California. So I seperated these solid tan beans, and grew them seperately. Since the bean had grown true for several years I gave it the name California.

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Canadian Wild Goose

Packet Size 50 Seeds $3.50

Semi Runner/Dry. First dry pods begin in about 90 days. Pod walls become very thin upon drying. Easy to shell. Low growing viney plant that throws off short twiners. Plants produce many small short green pods with purple stripping.

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Packet size 18 seeds $3.50

Semi runner/Dry. 106 Dry days. Large seeded bean. Found in my garden in 1982, and named by me. Never listed it in the SSE yearbook myself, but sent seed to Ralph Stevenson (MI ST R) of Michigan in '84 from which it spread through SSE. The older version of the SSE yearbook history reads under MI ST R (from Russell Crow of Ill.), and Anne Fuller of Indiana IN FU A (a find from IL CR R). Sold by two Canadian seed companies. Annapolis Seeds, and Salt Spring Seeds. Is kept in the Seed Savers Exchange bean collection numbered SSE Bean 2764. Kept by the USDA under the number PI642162.

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Cannellino Nero

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Italian variety grows without runners. Blossom pink. Productive plants are about 20 inches tall. Matures first dry 5 inch pods in about 100 days, and matures nearly all it's dry pods by around 120 days.

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Cannellino Rosso

Packet Size 20 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. Seems to be the red counterpart of Cannellino Nero. This name also strongly suggests an Italian variety. Similar in growth and season.

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Bush/Dry. Dry seed starts in about 85 days. One of the many original varities introduced by the late SSE member Robert Lobitz.

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Cassie's Purple Pod

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Pole/Snap. The beauty of this bean is in it's growing. A medium stong climber. Tender and stringless purple pods with rich flavor can be picked from these vines up to 8 inches (20 cm) in length. After cooking the pods turn a dark green color. This variety has been grown and traded among Seed Savers Exchange members in the U.S. as far back as the early 1980's.

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Cedar Lake

Packet Size 25 Seeds $3.50

Bush/Dry. 80 days. Productive and early. Medium sized seed. One of the many varieties introduced by the late Robert Lobitz.