University of California Grain Legume Workgroup
University of California Grain Legume Workgroup
University of California Grain Legume Workgroup
University of California
University of California Grain Legume Workgroup

Public Variety Information

Lima Beans, Variety Selection

Lima bean varieties or cultivars are continually being evaluated for increased yield potential, pest and disease resistance, and improved seed quality. UC researchers have developed new lima varieties by adding desirable features to older cultivars or creating new and better cultivars through the recombination of the best traits from available germplasm. [See Lima Bean Production in Calif., Baby & Large for more info . . .]

Market class and variety

Plant characteristics

Pest resistance

Growth habit

Days to maturity*

Root-knot nematode

Lygus (tolerance)

large lima

Dompe 95

UC 92

bush

bush

medium

medium

susceptible

resistant

poor

poor

UC White Ventura N

vine

late

resistant

very poor

baby lima

Luna

UC Beija-Flor

bush

bush

early-medium

early-medium

susceptible

resistant

fair

good

Mezcla

UC Haskell

UC Cariblanco N

vine

vine

vine

medium

medium

medium-late

susceptible

susceptible

resistant

very poor

good

very poor

           

Characteristics of lima bean cultivars grown in California
Source: "Lima Bean Production in Calif., Baby & Large", 2014, ANR Publ. no. 8505

Common Dry Beans, Variety Selection

The range of commercially available bean cultivars and varieties in different market classes is constantly changing. New cultivars are released for their increased yield potential, pest and disease resistance, full-season and early double-cropped growth potential, and improved market quality. 
[See Common Dry Bean Production in California for more info . . .]

Market class and variety

Plant characteristics

Growth habit

Days to maturity*

Light red kidney
CA Early Light Red
Red Kidney M
Sacramento

bush
bush
bush

65–75, early
75–90, moderate
75–90, moderate

Dark red kidney
CA Dark Red Kidney
UC Nichols

bush
bush

75–90, moderate
90–105, moderately late

Cranberry
Etna
Hooter

bush
bush

65–75, early
65–75, early

Pink
Yolano

vine

75–90, moderate

Black
Black Turtle T-39
Midnight

vine
vine

105+, late
105+, late

Large white
Cyrrus

bush

75–90, moderate

Yellow
Canario 707

bush

90–105, moderately late

Characteristics of common bean cultivars grown in California based on statewide variety testing. All varieties listed are resistant to one or more strains of bean common mosaic virus (BCMV), a seedborne disease vectored by aphids
Source: "Common Dry Bean Production in California", 2010, ANR Publication no. 8402

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