Phaseolus vulgaris

A unique dusty-pink snap bean. Earthy flavor, similar to a Romano type. 


Dedicated life-long breeer Robert Lobitz once said, "Beans are a poor man's jewels." You may have experienced that heart-felt sentiment when admiring a handful of beans. Look closely: each one is different, and some are reflective, colorful, fit to be set as a pendant. Perhaps Lobitz bred this bean to be a jewel as elegant as a swan. More than just pretty, these beans have an added value that no gemstone can provide: eating them makes your heart healthy.

The dusty pink color ranges from pale rose to deep magenta, with a bit a green in the background, giving them an iridescent appearance. The flavor is deep and earthy, similar to that of a Romano type. The plants are quite striking, having bi-colored flowers that pop over the foliage, making Red Swan a great choice for edible landscaping, as well as a unique offering at the market booth. Red Swan is a newer variety, an open-pollinated bean that was bred out of a cross between a pinto and a purple podded bean.


Art Pack, 25 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Red Swan Beans | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Heirloom Seeds

  • Days to Germination 3-10 days
    Days to Maturity 55 days
    Planting Depth 1 inch
    Spacing in Row 8 inches
    Spacing Between Rows 24 inches
    Height at Maturity 12 inches
    Width at Maturity 10 inches


    Direct sow outdoors at recommended spacing after the last spring frost. Sow until 10 weeks before first fall frost at 3-4 week intervals for an abundant supply of fresh beans all summer. Once beans appear on plants, harvest every 1-2 days. Harvest when they are taut and filled out, but before the beans become discernible in the pods. Bush habit.

  • Artwork by Kathleen Marcotte. About the Art: Inspired by Lobitz's saying, artist Kathleen Marcotte highlights the bean's gemstone beauty in this digital depiction of Red Swan Bean. Look closely and you'll see that jewels and gemstones aborn the clusters of rose-dusted bean pods.


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