Flowering Season: October to December or flowers throughout the year.
Elevation: 1,000 to 4,000 feet (305-1219 m).
Habitat Preferences: Rocky soils on slopes and canyons or washes.
Recorded Range: Slimjim Bean is found in the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NM and TX. It is also native to Baja California and northwest Mexico. In Arizona Slimjim Bean is found in the central and southern portions of the state.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: Seriously Endangered in California; State Rank: S1, S1: Critically Imperiled.
Genus Information:12 species in Phaseolus in the United States. Recent taxonomic changes have moved several species from the genus Phaseolus to Macroptilium, Vigna and Strophostyles. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 97 accepted species names and a further 45 scientific names of infraspecific rank for the genus.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona and Texas each have 7 species of Phaseolus, California and Utah each have 1 species, Nevada has 0 species and New Mexico has 6 species. All data approximate and subject to revision.
The genus Phaseolus is one of the most important genera in the Fabaceae family as they are used for cooking in either fresh or dried form. Several species have been cultivated for their beans which are rich in protein and contain iron, thiamin and riboflavin. The genus Phaseolus is native to the Americas.
Comments: Slimjim Bean is closely related to the Garden Beans or String Beans Phaseolus vulgaris and Butter Beans or Lima beans Phaseolus lunatus.