Royalty Purple Pod Bean​


  • Bush bean
  • Purple pods, flowers, and foliage
  • Germinates well in cold wet soil
  • Snap bean
  • 150 Seeds/25g

Out of stock

Item Details

Bred at the University of New Hampshire by the late Professor Elwyn Meader. Introduced by the Billy Hepler Seed Company in 1957. Distinctive purple foliage and purple flowers. Bright purple, stringless, slightly curved 5″ pods turn green when cooked. Germinates well even in cold wet soil. Bush habit, snap, 55 days. ±1,600 seeds/lb.

History of the Plant

Originally cultivated in Central America, from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The smaller beans are thought to have been cultivated in Mexico as long as 7,000 years ago, while the larger beans were cultivated in Peru starting 8,000 years ago. High in protein, easy to grow, dry and cook, they have sustained mankind for millennia.

Learn How to Grow Royalty Purple Pod Bean

Direct Seed: 2" Apart

Seed Depth: 1"

Rows Apart: 36-48"

Light: Full Sun

HVO Seeds Package

HVO packages our seeds in custom-made foil packets to keep moisture out and extend the seed life. Some of our Foil Packets have a zip-lock seal to maintain freshness. We also insert a silica gel anti-moisture packet in each foil packet.

Growing Media



Beans are fun, fast-growing plants that take little care to perform well. It makes sense to inoculate beans before sowing, which boosts the nitrogen levels of your garden soil with no work whatsoever. Inoculant is available at garden centers.


size & duration

Sow bean seeds about three or four inches apart in the row around the third week of May. Thinning is not necessary, but do keep the plants weeded, especially when young. Bush beans begin to bear in about 50 days



For most tender green beans, harvest when young, slightly thicker than a pencil. Our favorite way to prepare these is to pan-fry them with strong curry or Cajun seasonings. To harvest dry beans, let the plant mature




When watering the bean plants, make certain to avoid overhead watering, as this can increase the likelihood of decline in bean plant health due to disease.



In spring, once weather is warm and settled and nights stay securely above 55°F (13°C), plant seeds in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Poke seeds in 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart in rows 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart. Make additional sowings several weeks apart until the end of June to provide long continued harvests.



Tender crispy garden beans are an easy and reliable crop to grow, but don’t plant seeds too early as cold conditions prevent good germination. If first sowing comes up unevenly, replant right away; new seedlings will catch up quickly.



Soil pH: 6.0-7.5, Ideal 6.7-7.0. Beans like a light, well-drained loamy soil, with lots of organic matter.



60°F to 85°F, optimal 75°F to 80°F, optimal 77°F




Purple Pod Bean, string beans, or snap beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, and of folic acid and fiber. They have similar nutritional benefits to snap peas and okra.



The purple pigment in all of these fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, including resveratrol, which can help decrease blood pressure. Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation

Amazing Recipes of Royalty Purple Beans (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House

There’s a big bush of these purple beans in our backyard garden and when it’s bean season that means beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Blistered and truffled purple green beans sautéed in white truffle paste create a purple and green tie-dyed plate that’s the perfect savory accompaniment for any ketogenic or paleo dinner!


The colors were beautiful and the salad was satisfying. It was nice to have something cool on these dog days of summer that was substantial and still fresh.


This recipe for Oven Roasted Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is pretty much a Facepalm Idea, for me.  It’s one of those ideas that is so obvious, it hurts. I feel the need to whack myself in the forehead, à la “V-8”, so badly does it pain me to think of all the wasted years I haven’t been doing this.

Be the first to know about new seeds, new starter plants, new products, discounts, health tips