This original seed of this variety came to us from Baker Creek Seeds. They say this variety dates as far back as the mid-1600s, and was first recorded by German botanist Michael Titius in his Catalogues Plantarum. Produces beautiful red blossoms very attractive to hummingbirds as runner bean flowers tend to be! The pods are shorter than those of other runner beans. In Baker Creek's words: "The pretty, plump beans change from pink to purple, and then to a pure ebony black. They cook down to a creamy texture and are fantastic used like a kidney bean."