Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum'

Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum'

Runner bean

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum'
  • Common name: Runner bean
  • Plant type: Vegetable

Height: 2m

Spread: 10cm

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • Green

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Runner beans are incredibly easy to grow, bearing masses of long, sweet-tasting beans all summer long. There's a huge range of cultivars to choose from, bearing red, white or bi-coloured flowers, adding to their ornamental value.

Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum' is a self-fertilie runner bean variety, which starts cropping early in summer and carries on producing heavy crops throughout the season. Its ability to set beans even in poor weather means it outcrops many other varieties. 

Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum' also shows resistance to the disease halo blight, which attacks both leaves and beans. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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