Bean: Hidatsa Shield Figure pole bean
HEIRLOOM, Slow Food ARK OF TASTE, CERTIFIED ORGANIC, 1 packet (50 seeds)
Phaseolus vulgaris (90 days) This beautiful, large, plump bean can be harvested throughout the growing season... providing you with green beans early in the season, followed by shellies (shelled out while the bean is formed but still soft), and, at the end of the season, as dry beans for long-term storage! This variety is native to North Dakota, grown by the Hidatsa tribe near the Missouri River. Drought and heat tolerant, it is one of the most productive dry beans. It was grown in the Three Sisters Garden, allowing it to vine on the corn. We grow it next to Red Kaoliang sorghum, providing a living trellis for the bean to climb, eliminating the hassle of putting up and taking down a fence or trellis. This highly productive bean variety was named to the Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste for its wonderful flavor and cooking qualities. We use it in soups and stews, as it reheats nicely, without falling apart. Also makes a wonderful humus in place of chickpeas.
Vining habit 8-9 ft; trellis, teepee or fence. Planting Depth: 1 inch; Plant spacing: 3 inches. Increase yields by inoculating where natural Rhizobia is low. Soil Temp. for Germination: 60-80°F. Days to Germination: 6-12 days. Full sun. Moderate moisture.