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Runner Bean 'White Lady'

Phaseolus coccineus 'White Lady'

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Runner Bean 'White Lady' Overview

The Runner Bean is similar to the common bean but differs in the way that it is a perennial that has fleshy rhizome roots. However, because it is frost tender it is often grown like an annual in the UK. Fast growing with striking scarlet flowers this plant is as much of an ornamental as it is a vegetable crop. 'White Lady' is a cultivar of Runner Bean that has been bred to provide excellent taste and in fact, came top in the RHS taste trials. The plant produces white flowers and stringless pods.

Common problems with Runner Bean 'White Lady'

Runner Bean 'White Lady' Companion Plants

How to harvest Runner Bean 'White Lady'

Harvest the immature green pods can be harvested from the plant by cutting them from the stem. Continuous harvesting encourages higher yields.

How to propagate Runner Bean 'White Lady'


Can be sown indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost in Spring or outside after the last frost. Plants will need staking or framework to climb once germinated. Sow 15-20cm apart.


Rhizomes can be divided to propagate the plant during the spring in warm climates.

Special features of Runner Bean 'White Lady'

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Crop rotation

Runner Beans are legumes and so they enrich the soil with Nitrogen.

Other uses of Runner Bean 'White Lady'


The immature bean pods can be used as a cooked vegetable.