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  • PT074
  • Phaseolus acutifolius.  This tepary was originally obtained from the most arid runoff farm in Mexico, within the Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Sonora, Mexico. They have been known to produce a crop from a single storm runoff. Extremely drought tolerant. These beans are mostly pale tan and slightly mottled.  Very productive at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, AZ.  From our Seed-Bank Collection.

    • Origin: Low Desert
    • Habit: some twining but not a vigorous climber
    • Approx. 7g/50 seeds per packet.
    • Limit 3 packets.


  • $3.95

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Patrick McNeal
Pinacate Beans

I planted the pinacate beans as soon as I received them, and they germinated well. I wanted to experiment with native plants, planted outdoors without benefit of any planter boxes, nor organics, save worm castings. The germination was a success for the most part, and they appear to be thriving here in Cochise County, (elevation approx 4500 ft). Will amend this review after harvest.

John Boehm
Not planted

Has potential

Dwight Wade

Planted several places in the desert that showed good signs of receiving moisture during monsoon. Soul preparation consisted of poking hole 1/2 inch deep and covering seed. Have not returned to see if the sprouted. In the yard plantings did not work as rabbits got into garden. I will keep trying.

Mostly wonderful

I have only sprouted a couple of these so far. Unfortunately. I did not inoculate the seed with rhizobium before starting them. Plants are suffering from deficiency and doing poorly overall, despite my provisions of well drained soil and little water. Otherwise everything is good.

Productive and tasty

I was looking for something heat and drought tolerant and gave these a try. Planted with spring thunderstorms in San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b). They grew rapidly, overwhelmed my tallest stakes, and started climbing the okra and corn plants! Produced beans from July into November, and they tasted great in bean and cheese tacos. This is one I'll grow again -- low maintenance and very productive. The one thing I'd do differently is come up with a stronger stake or trellis for them to climb.