Phaseolus vulgaris 85 days. A Bush bean family heirloom from Lina Sisco (pictured) brought to Missouri by covered wagon in the 1880s. A horticultural type used as a dry bean. Lina herself was one of the original six members of Seed Savers Exchange. Below is an excerpt from their blog about her and this bean. -20-25 seed minimum per packet. The first True Seed Exchange newsletter printed a note from Lina Sisco of Winona, Missouri, one of the original listed members:“I have been gardening for more years than I like to think about and I do love to raise all kinds of stuff and do lots of canning. I share with lots of people from my garden. So I am sending you two kinds of beans that I raise. The Bird Egg beans have been in my family for many, many years, as my grandmother brought them to Missouri some time in the 1880s. ...They are all free to you. Hope you have good luck with them. I am sending my quarter and envelope.”Lina passed away two years later, but her Bird Egg bean was offered in the 1979 Seed Savers Exchange, by our son Aaron and others. Here was evidence that the vision of collecting, saving, and distributing heirloom seed had actually achieved what Kent and I had hoped for. SSE had saved a seed from extinction.
Lina Sisco's Bird Egg Bean