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Good Mother Stallard Bean

SKU: 1426-P50

Item Details

One of the 1,186 beans given to Seed Savers Exchange in 1981 by bean collector John Withee of Massachusetts. Named for Carrie Belle Stallard of Wise County, Virginia. This variety dates to at least the 1930s. Maroon beans splashed with white, 5-6 seeds per pod. Wonderful rich meaty flavor, great for soups. Very productive.

  • 85-95 days
  • Conventional
  • Pole bean
  • Dry bean
  • Maroon and white beans
  • Meaty flavor
  • Very productive

This variety works for:

  • Baking
  • Soups

These beans liked to be cooked long and slow at low heat to keep their texture and flavor at it's peak.

They work well as a side for roasted sausage or mushrooms, in a soup with ham and kale, or even in chili.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest dry beans when the pods are completely mature and dry.

  • Direct Seed: 2" Apart
  • Seed Depth: 1"
  • Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

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These beans are lovely in every way. I grew them two ways, with trellis next to cucumbers and three-sisters style. They were too agressive to grow near cucumbers. They were a perfect match with gem corn. I actually saved all the beans for seed. If I have some left I'll eat them.

Delicious and easy to grow


Loved this dried bean. Grew very well and prolifically in my NH garden. When cooked these beans have a delicious creamy texture and nutty flavor, definitely in my top 3!

Very Prolific in Southern Minnesota


It won't let me give it 5 stars but I do give it 5 stars. I have been growing this bean in cattle panel trellises for 3 years now. They are so prolific and beautiful. They can so nicely and is all I use for chili. I give many away.

Seed Savers Exchange Response: The rating was changed to 5 stars at the request of the reviewer.



Grew amazing in central Iowa with little fuss. Creamy, meaty, firm texture that held up well i a soup- very yummy!!