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Rattlesnake Pole Bean

Sweet, rich flavor is a Southern favorite.

Very productive in hot, humid areas of the southeast. Pick when pods are small to medium size to avoid development of "strings." A favorite across the South, Rattlesnake is a full-flavored bean with a sweet, rich taste. Green pods are streaked with purple (changes to green when cooked). Very tender and freezes without becoming "rubbery" like most bean varieties. Also good for canning and fresh use. 70 DAYS. Seed Counts: A 2-oz. packet of snap bean seeds (bush and pole) contains about 150 seeds and sows a 25-ft. row. A 2-oz. packet of lima bean seeds (bush and pole) contains about 50 seeds and sows a 15-ft. row.
  • 80647
  • Pkt.
  • $3.99
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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: phaseolus vulgaris 'Rattlesnake'; Family: Fabacear/Leguminosae (Bean Family)
  • Height: 6-8 ft.
  • Spacing: plant 1 inch deep, 4 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Spread: vine
  • Light Required: full sun
  • Yield: 150 pounds/100 foot row
  • Fruit: Pods are green w/purple markings, seeds are buff w/dark brown markings
  • Days To Maturity: 73
  • Zone: 3-9 annual
  • Germination: 6-10 days
  • Form: climbing, must be staked
  • Soil Requirements: rich, well-drained
  • Seed Count: 2oz.pkt is about 150 seeds, 1/2lb. is about 600 seeds
  • Size: 7" slightly flattened pods
  • Comments: The prettiest pole beans you can grow! Heirloom variety has pods which are green w/ purple streaks resembling the markings of a rattlesnake and buff seeds are speckled & spattered with deep brown markings. Fast growing, productive, pods are string-less & tender when young and can be used as a snap bean. Mature fruit can be dried and used in soups, stews, and other recipes. Good flavor. Good variety for hot & humid areas.


Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
1A-4A 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
4B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
5A 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
5B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
6A 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
6B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
7A 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
7B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
8A & B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
9A & B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
10A & B 11/2/18 - 6/17/19
Last Order Date 6/14/2019

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Please note that we cannot ship outside the 48 contiguous states.

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