Description: Runner beans are unique and lovely vining plants that attract hummingbirds to its bright red flowers. The large green pods are edible, but tend to become unpleasantly fibrous early. Instead, the large multicolored beans make a tasty dish when cooked fresh or dried. The starchy roots are still eaten by Central American Indians. Try growing them along a fence for an edible ornamental. Nutrients: dietary fiber, protein, vitamins A and C and riboflavin.