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Bean 'Dragon's tongue'

Phaseolus vulgaris

Dragon's tongue is part of the Phaseolus genus and is a Bean variety. Its scientific name is Phaseolus vulgaris 'Dragon's tongue'. 'Dragon's tongue' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar.

Very productive bush plants with thick, wax-type, stringless flat pods of pale yellow mottled with lavender flecks. Very pretty. Easy to pick because the color contrasts with the foliage. Can be harvested at either the green (5-7inches/10-13cm) or shelly stage (slightly longer). The lavender disappears when cooked, seeds are tan with brown striping, tender and extremely delicious. A Dutch heirloom variety.

Dragon's tongue grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Dragon's tongue normally grows to a max height of 1.30 feet (40.0 cm metric). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Netherlands is believed to be where Dragon's tongue originates from.

Dragon's tongue Bean is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Bean 'Dragon's tongue'

  • Full Sun

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  • Medium

A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Dragon's tongue is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 13 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Dragon's tongue tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.0 and 6.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Dragon's tongue from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 3.9 inches (10.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 1.95 inches (5.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Dragon's tongue about 14 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Dragon's tongue

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Dragon's tongue is a tender plant.

Harvesting Dragon's tongue

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Bean 'Dragon's tongue' information

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Bean Dragon's tongue Etymology

The species name vulgaris is from the Latin vulgus (“the multitude, the masses”) +‎ -āris, and means “common”, “usual”, or “commonly known” 1.

Other Names for Bean 'Dragon's tongue'

Dragon tongue, Dutch wax bean, Dragon langerie

Latest Bean 'Dragon's tongue' Reviews

  • 12 Feb 2012

    KathN KathN's Bean "Dragon Tongue" was Reviewed day 288

    Really very tasty, vigorous, hearty, though it needed staking more than I was led to believe. The pods were beautiful and cooked up tender. I wish I had grown more to dry for later.

    5 stars

  • 18 May 2011

    jenniferworthen jenniferworthen's Green Beans Dragon Tongue Bush was Reviewed day 64

    We absolutely love these beans! Compact, very prolific, and the beans taste amazing. We never knew beans could taste this good! This will be a keeper for our garden from here on out.

    5 stars

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