Dixie Speckled Butterpea Bush

Phaseolus lunatus

HEIRLOOM Lovely rose and white streaked lima beans dry to a rich mahogany finish. Tasty as fresh shelled baby lima beans or dried for winter storage. Drought and heat tolerant. Bush habit should be self-supporting.

Lima beans are often called butterpeas and butterbeans (depending on size) for good reason. Fresh harvested home grown lima beans are not the same horror of childhood. They are rich and creamy with just the right toothsomeness, and even better with a bit of real butter. Unlike many other beans, these germinate and set pods in hot weather, which only gives one more reason for the southern love affair with this bean. Harvest when the beans are young and tender for fresh shelling, or let dry on the plant for storage. Nutrients: Protein, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
80 100 25 lbs 75
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 65-90°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed 1" 3-4" 40
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
3-4" 8-16 Annual 3-6 years
Direct seed after danger of frost in well-drained soil which has had a chance to warm up. Can be planted in succession until mid-summer. Bush lima beans do not need trellising while pole lima beans do need support. Pick pods when bright green and seeds have filled out for fresh shelled beans. Plant Seeds: 1" deep, with 3-4" spacing in rows 12-18" apart for bush varieties or 3-4' between rows for pole beans. Soil Temp: 65-80 F. Days to Sprout: 8-16 days. Seeds/oz: 90. Seed Wt./100' Row: 8 oz. Yield/100' row: 80 lbs. Days to Harvest: 60-90 days. Seed Viability: 3-6 years.