Large and showy flowers make runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) attractive garden plants. The large pods can be eaten as green beans or you can use the beans dried. Not suitable for low desert. Native to the New World, beans are a traditional protein complement to corn, rich in minerals, with a variety of tastes and colors. Members of the legume family, beans fix nitrogen from the air if certain bacteria are present in the soil to infect the roots. Beans also contain soluble fiber helpful in controlling cholesterol and diabetes. Approx. 28g/20 seeds per packet.