University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:

Bean, Lima (Phaseolus lunatus)

Lima beans are grown for their edible seeds which are produced in pods. Pods are broad, short, flat, and pointed at the blossom-end. Each contains 3-5 flat, oval seeds which may be colored in a rather wide range of hues, from white to light green to shades of red and black. Plants are usually bushy but are sometimes climbing. Leaves are glossy green, crisp-textured and pointed.