Sunset Runner Bean
A flowering bean with unique salmon-pink blossoms; esteemed as a vegetable or as an ornamental climber. Produces abundant crops of flavorful beans throughout the season. Excellent for freezing.
- 60-65 days
- Pole bean
- Salmon-pink blossoms
- Beans are black and speckled with purple edges
- Ornamental and edible
- Highly productive
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
As your runner beans are maturing, you can either prepare the young pods or shell them and toss the fresh seeds into salads with mint, feta, and hulled corn. You can also add the flowers to salads or use them as a garnish.
If you grow your runner beans as dry beans, try adding them to spicy Moroccan stews or Asian curries as the flavor of the bean will hold up well. They even work in chili recipes.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Runner beans prefer full sun, although they tolerate part shade very well. Young pods can be eaten whole, or the beans can be eaten fresh or dried. Even the flowers are edible.
- Direct Seed: 2" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1"
- Rows Apart: 24-36"
- Support: Trellis, tepee, or netting
Ratings & Reviews
I grow runner beans every year, and after several years of growing Kelvedon Marvel very successfully I thought I'd try something different this year. Very, very disappointed. This pink flowered runner bean produced few flowers and even fewer pods. Back to scarlet flowered beans next year.
We are sorry to hear that the Sunset runner bean did not work well for you. We hope that you will keep tying our other varieties.
My favorite bean & the hummingbirds', too
This is my favorite bean. The coral colored flowers are beautiful, and the hummingbirds seemed to prefer this over a red-flowered variety. Produces loads of large runner beans. Very tasty. I have a short fence around my garden, and the vines didn't mind going horizontal once they reached the top. My zone is 4a.
I grow this bean every year for its beauty and for the beans themselves. As another reviewer mentioned, hummingbirds love the beautiful, pale peach blooms and the beans themselves are gorgeous—-black with deep pink speckles. I usually grow several pyramids of them around my raised beds, and they draw pollinators and make me happy.