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PHASEOLUS vulgaris 'Dragon's Tongue'
Bush Bean, Dragon's Tongue Wax Bean, Wax Bean
A productive plant with a compact bushy habit, 'Dragon's Tongue' is a Dutch heirloom wax bean that yields light creamy yellow pods with ornate purple flecks and streaks. Once boiled in water, the purple streaks bleach to pale yellow. The 6 to 8 inch long (15 to 20 centimeter) bean pods are wide and stringless. When eaten fresh, they have a unique flavor and crisp, juicy texture. Though most commonly considered a wax bean, the dry seeds can also be shelled and eaten. Expect to harvest fresh pods 55 to 60 days after sowing seeds.
Bean leaves are trifoliate (three-leaved), arranged in an alternate fashion on the stem and have somewhat diamond-shaped leaflets. The flowers are typical of peas or beans; larger, rounded petals subtend smaller petals that form a lip or keeled beak. They are produced in loose clusters on short stalks among the foliage and may be white or pinkish. Modern bean cultivars are self-fertile. If harvested young the immature bean pods are eaten, as with green or wax beans. If allowed to mature, the dry, hard seeds can be shucked, stored and eaten at a later date or saved for planting the next year.
After the danger of frost has passed, plant bush beans in full sun and fertile, evenly moist, well-drained garden loam. Seeds should be sown directly in the soil at a depth of about three times their width. Bush types should be spaced about a finger’s length apart, in rows wide enough to allow easy access to the plants. Over watering seeds prior to germination may cause them to rot, so be sure to keep them moderately moist, never wet. To ensure a longer harvest, successive plantings may be made two to three weeks apart, continuing through midsummer. Tossing the seeds in a commercially available Rhizobium inoculant may be beneficial, but is not essential for success. Harvest beans every few days to keep plants producing.
Originating from regions of Central and South America, common beans have been cultivated for many centuries. These frost-tender vegetables are grown as summer crops in cooler temperate climates; whereas in warm, tropical zones they are planted as fall and winter crops.
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm
16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm
Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Light Pink, Lavender
Purple, Light Yellow, Violet
Green, Light Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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