Runner and half-runner beans/ productive bean
My new neighbor didn't take me up on my offer of some half-runner bean seeds because she confused half-runners with runner beans. Runner beans are perennial beans with colorful flowers that are usually grown as annuals. Examples are Painted Lady, Scarlet Runner, and Sunset Runner. Half-runner beans are a type of common bean, along with bush beans and pole beans. They produce green(snap) beans. The typical half-runner bean plant is a bush that throws off short runners. This can be misleading because some of the half-runners will climb like pole beans. Examples: White Half-Runner, Mountaineer Half-Runner, State Half-Runner, and Pink Half Runner(Peanut Bean.) The pods of the pink half runner are streaked with pink and the seeds are pink. It's used as a snap bean and a dry bean. The most productive bean that I grow is the Volunteer Half-Runner. Like the Mountaineer Half-Runner, it's a selection of the heirloom White Half-Runner. The pods produced by the 3 varieties are virtually identical. Unlike the Mountaineer and the Heirloom White, the Volunteer almost never produces off-types or flat, tough beans. (If you're familiar with some of the older beans, you're used to running in to tough beans mixed in with the regular type.) Volunteer plants will climb, especially if water is plentiful. I stake them, and they're mistaken for pole beans. The vines are covered in beans from the top to the bottom and produce over a long period. This variety has done well for me as both a summer and a fall crop.