Lima Bean Varieties
Phaseolus lunatus is a vining (indeterminate) or bush-type (pseudo-determinate) legume from Central and South America. Vining types are vigorous, perennial, and reach 2-6 m in length. Bush-type cultivars are annuals and reach heights of 0.25-1 m. Leaves are trifoliate, present alternately on the stem, and range from pubescent to glabrous. Inflorescence can reach 15 cm in length and bear up to 25 white-to-violet flowers. Pod lengths are 5-12 cm and contain 2-4 seeds each. Pod and seed shape, size, and color are highly variable and dependent upon cultivar.
‘Pima Beige’ is an indeterminate, deep-rooted, climbing, small-seeded lima from Arizona that produces seeds that are beige with dark speckles.
‘Pima Orange’ is an indeterminate, deep-rooted, climbing, small-seeded lima from Arizona that produces seeds that are orange with dark speckles.
'Haba' is a small-seeded lima bean from Dominican Republic that is highly sought after. It grows well and is productive even in poor soils. Ivory colored seeds with purple mottling.
'Humidity Resistant' is a small-seeded variety of lima bean that is drought tolerant but also tolerant of high humidity. The smooth, thin beans are black in color.
'7-Year' is a variety that originated in Central America, but has been bred in parts of East Africa and South Africa and is commonly used as a cover crop. If grown along the ground, it produces a 60 cm high mat of foliage that smothers weeds. It can also be trellised for easier seed harvest. The seeds are large, with distinctive red caps atop the seeds.
‘Hopi Red’ are a reddish small-seeded lima bean that was originally collected from three farmers near Hotevilla on the Hopi reservation in North America.
Very large maroon-white mottled beans with beautiful, dark red splashes, and rich flavor; heavy yields even in very hot weather; long vines. Approximately 90 days after planting.
Indeterminate climbing lima bean; produces medium-sized red beans approximately 90 days after planting.