Lima Beans - Pole Type

(38 varieties  to chose from)

We are continuing  to work through Tom Knoche's large lima collection and increasing them as we can to add to the collection.

Alabama Black Running

Alabama Black Running-  90 days- The most vigorous lima bean I have ever seen. Plants were enormous and heavy with pods. Sent to us by Robert Smiley in Alabama. Seeds are a dark black in color. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Alabama Mahogany

Alabama Mahogany- 95 days- vigorous vines with paler blackish purple seeds. Pkt. ( 20 seeds ) $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed


Bandy- 85 days-  black seeded in various shades of black,  vigorous climber 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Black Jungle

Black Jungle  - 85 days - Vigorous black-seeded pole lima.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Black Star

Black Star - 90 days - Large, black-seeded  expect some  off color and paler seeds to show up.vigorous climber. Pkt. ( 25 seeds)  $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.)  Certified Organic Seed


Bucket- 85 days- a nice bright shiny red with a tinge of black seeded pole lima. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Calico Willowleaf

Calico Willowleaf- 95 days- True willow like leaves provide a unique display . Seeds are  red shades. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Carolina Red

Carolina Red - 80 days -  Pole type, beautiful red seeds, productive, drought tolerant. Pkt. (25 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic  Seed

Carolina Sieva

Carolina Sieva - 80 days - Dark green pods contain 3 to 4 small, fat seeds that dry to white.  Unavailable for 2020


Christmas - 85 days - Vigorous climber, dates to about 1840, flat, white seeds with maroon spots on seeds.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

Climbing Speckled  Pole

Climbing Speckled  Pole-90 days-  colorful seeds, vigorous  vines.  Seeds are speckled with a pale background.1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Dr. Martin

Dr. Martin- 100 days - Late, big seeded green lima.  Pods are huge and they take a very long time to mature. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Empress- 90 days- large seeds which are white with maroon spotting. Many people  have tried to produce a Speckled Calico Lima .  Empress comes out on top for both  production  and spotting.  The difficulty in producing a nice spotted lima is that one must always make selections  every year on the most spotted seeds to save for the next season. Without selection the pattern quickly disintegrates to streaking and the over production of the maroon color. A great variety to work with if someone enjoys a challenge Large vigorous vines. Developed by Curt Burroughs as a cross of Christmas Lima.    1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Florida Speckled

Florida Speckled- 90 days (to green shell)- Buff colored seed with maroon speckles.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.50

Frosty Lima

Frosty Lima - 88 days - Large, beautiful seeds that are mauve and pink speckled with a frosty “icing” coating, pole type.  We think this is the most beautiful bean seed that we grow. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00


Ganymede-90 days- a beautiful tri -color of black, white and red on a medium sized bean, the bean gives a slightly above average crop on vigorous vines. a good cooking bean that also doubles as a good shelly bean.  Pkt. ( 20-25 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Grandma Storrt’s Speckled

Grandma Storrt’s Speckled- 90 days-Truly a beautiful colored bean. There are not a lot of  tri-colored lima beans available which makes this variety a keeper. Similar to Ganymede in shape, size and growth pattern. The primary difference  is that  this one is speckled  white, red and maroon tri-colored where as  Ganymede is white, red and black tricolored. Once considered extinct  this one was saved  in Tom’s freezer.  Unavailable for 2020

Hernden Lima

Hernden Lima - 80 days -  Pole, white seeded sieva type. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Hopi Red

Hopi Red -90 days- Weak vines, more of a semi vining type with heavy yields near the ground.. Dark red seed with slight black streaks.  1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Hopi Yellow

Hopi Yellow- 90 days- Weak vines, more of a semi vining type with heavy yields near the ground., deep butterscotch colored seed.  1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Hort’s Climbing Pea

Hort’s Climbing Pea-90 days- An incredibly productive variety which goes into overdrive producing an excess of small round cream and red colored beans. Seed coat being mostly cream with red spots and streaks on the top portion of the bean. This variety was so productive one almost got tired of harvesting it.  It was an early  producer and after a short break started back up with another productive burst which seemed to rival  the first wave of production. This would  make a great variety for the South with  the longer growing season. Long vines. Pkt. ( 20 seeds)  $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

J. Pottes Lima

J. Pottes Lima - 85 days - Pole, vigorous climber, darkest brown and white sieva type.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.50; 2 Pkt./$4.75

Lynchburg Butterbean

Lynchburg Butterbean - 85 days - Colorful mix of colors, mostly reds and blacks with some other shades pole, butterbean. Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Mixed Willowleaf

Amazing  long willow like leaves with massive foliage that grows like jungle. By season end the plants took down the bean fence. I can't imagine what they would do in a warmer longer season. I planted them in early June and just started getting flowers in mid September despite huge foliage and vines.  Plants were loaded with immature beans at frost time in mid October.  1 oz Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Ohatchee Ala

Ohatchee Ala-85 days- Another variety thought extinct  but found in Tom’s freezer. This is solid black and the strongest performer of any of the black seeded types. Produces seed in abundance  and is a nice solid black color. Tends to produce the entire crop at once. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned-80 days- Once considered extinct, yet another one saved from Tom’s freezer. A reliable variety that produces early with a big flush of beans, coming back again at the end of mid season with another smaller crop. Solid white seeds of Sieva type, but of a slightly larger size on average than most Sieva types. Strong vines with strong production. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Old Time Pink & White

Old Time Pink & White - 80 days - Beautiful pink and white seeded pole lima, heavy producer.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds) $3.00  Certified Organic Seed


Pinwheel- 85 days- medium sized maroon bean with white  radiating  from the  hilum out on the top half of the bean. Quite  unique as far as lima seed coat colors go. Bears heavily and reliably, this mid -season producer that tends to produce all at once. Developed by Curt Burroughs. 


Ping Pong

Ping Pong- 85 days- Developed as a cross between Ping Zebra and Phoebe Vinson, this is one of the most productive varieties of lima beans available. Bean size is small and seed coat is a light cream with varying amounts of purple splashes. Seed coat also exemplifies a slight pinkish veining. A delightful bean, Ping Pong produces from midseason until frost and is a vigorous grower. 


Pink Standard

Pink Standard-   85 days- a true solid pink lima bean, this variety is unique in how vivid the color is when harvested fresh. Some seeds contain a few tiny black dots on the seed coat. A medium sized bean, that is a vigorous grower and produces average yield.  The pod has an unusual pod shape with many pods turning at a ninety degree angle half way down the pod. Originally from Peru. 

UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020          

Purple Eye Pole

Purple Eye Pole-  80 days- beige or off white with a purple hilum.  Pkt. ( 25 seeds)  $3.00 Certified Organic Seeds

Red Butterbean

Another pole lima from Tom Knoche's collection. Lots of vines and  rather late. Pkt. ( 25 seeds) . $2.50  Certified Organic Seed. 

Red Speckled

Red Speckled-  85 days- Red with dark red specks and streaks, it is very similar in size, color, and type to Carolina Red.  The biggest differences are  a maturity slightly later than Carolina Red but slightly more productive. 



Romance- 85 days- A stunning bean, white with a dark maroon hilum and a soft blush of maroon radiating  out from the hilum. Medium-large sized beans and  a strong producer. this variety bears mid season and will produce a second crop inIowa  if the season is long enough.  A fun variety to shell. Developed  from Christmas Lima as  a cross  by Curt Burroughs. Pkt. ( 20 seeds0 $3.00 Certified Organic Seed  Sold out as of 4/10/2020

Rosie Claire

Rosie Claire-85 days- Developed as a natural sport from Christmas Lima, this variety has been around  for a very long time in the South.  Very productive  with medium- large sized seeds. The seed coat is mostly half white and half maroon with a lot of white mottling in the maroon areas. Large vines and  a one flush product. Pkt. ( 20 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed


Thomas-90 days- A late season  white Sieva type. This variety was without a name in Tom’s freezer. Not spectacular in the  Midwest and the pods tend to shatter when too dry. Small flat seeds, probably better suited for southern states. 


Tom’s Divide

Tom’s Divide- 85 days- When Tom passed away this was one of the many varieties in his freezer. Labeled as Ganymede this is not that. Seeds are roughly half white and half maroon. A nice grower, mid season maturity, with slightly higher than average production. Given this name as there is no way to determine  a name otherwise. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Violets Multi-Colored

Violets Multi-Colored- 85 days- a nice mix of colors sent to us by Robert Smiley in Alabama. This originated in Banks County Georgia  saved for 4 generations by Violet Brandy Westbrook’s family. Pinks and purple hues with streaks. 1 oz. Pkt.  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

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