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Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Pronunciation: FAZ-ee-oh-lus
Common Name: common bean, black bean, kidney bean, pinto bean, French bean
Family Name: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Annual, Vine or climber
Key ID Features: Leaves alternate with three oval, leaflets with entire margins, 6-15 cm long; flowers white, pink, or purple, about 1 cm long; legumes green, yellow, black, or purple, 8-20 cm long x 1-1.5 cm wide, each containing 4-6 kidney-shaped beans up to 1.5 cm long.
Course(s): not used (on campus)

Habit: Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Irregular
Texture: Medium - coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:2 - 3m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Central America, South America
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Urban agriculture
Additional Info: Google
common bean, black bean, kidney bean, pinto bean, French bean
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Compound
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Compound Leaf: Trifoliate (ternate)
Colour in Summer: Dark-green, Purple, Green
Colour in Fall: Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Rounded
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Raceme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Violet, Orange, Pink, Purple
Flower Time at Peak: Jun, Jul, Aug

Fruit Type: Legume
Fruit Colour: Green
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Root nodules (N-fixing), Storage tap root, Tendrils, Twining stems

Plant Care:
Other:Companion plants: celery, beet.
Specific Pests: rabbit
(CGW) Community Garden West : P. coccineus, P. vulgaris
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