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Phaseolus acutifolius is a vining or bushy herbaceous annual reaching lengths of 4 m. Leaves are trifoliate, alternate, and usually pubescent. Flowers are borne in groups of 2-5, butterfly-shaped, and can range in color from white to lilac. Pods are 5-9 cm in length and contain 2-9 seeds each. Seeds are round to oblong and range in color, including: white, brown, black, purple yellow, or speckled. With deep roots, it is well adapted to dry climates.


The ‘Black’ variety of tepary beans is rust and blight resistant, and BGMV (Bean Golden Mosaic Virus) tolerant.


The  'Brown/Yellow' variety of tepary beans will recover faster from wilt, are blight resistant, and are also BGMV (Bean Golden Mosaic Virus) tolerant.


'Mix' is a mixture of several tepary bean varieties.


The 'Tan' variety of tepary beans were bred in Puerto Rico for BGMV (Bean Golden Mosaic Virus) tolerance and high yields.


'Tan/Grey' tepary beans are wilt tolerant and resistant to blight and rust.

Tohono O'odham Brown

'Tohono O'odham Brown' is a brown tepary bean bred by the Tohono O'odham Nation in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, USA and Northern Mexico.


'White' tepary beans are noted as ECHO's most drought-tolerant variety.


'Yoeme' tepary beans are named after the Yaqui or Yoeme people who live in the river valley of the Rio Yaqui in Northern Mexico.