Hidatsa Shield Figure


This bean name comes from the Hidatsa Native Americans of the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota who grew this bean in their three-crop system. This pole-type variety was planted at the base of the corn crop shortly after it emerged from the ground. The corn stocks served as the poles for the bean plants, the beans provided nitrogen for the corn to thrive and a third crop, squash, was planted around the base of the plants; their leaves served as shade and kept the soil moist. Full of heritage and beautiful in color, this bean should be harvested after the pods have dried on the vine. Rich in taste and can be easily substituted in recipes calling for white or pinto beans.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Seed Type


Latin Name:

Phaseolus vulgaris

Plant Type:


Bean Type:


Support Needed:



4-8 days


90-100 days


Full Sun

Planting Method:

Direct Sow

Planting Depth:



Space seeds 2" apart in the row; rows 3-4' apart

Seed Count:

+/- 34 per ounce; 545 per pound

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