‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ climbing french bean

Plot 51 Cherokee trail of tears climbing french beanThe ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ bean was originally from the native North American Cherokee people. Tall, purple flowers, rounded green/ red pods and black seed.

In 1838 they were driven out of their homelands in the state of Georgia by the US government to make room for more European settlers, a forced winter march known as the ‘Trail of Tears’ from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-1839), leaving a trail of 4,000 graves.  This bean is one of their heirlooms they managed to keep with them and has been passed on from generation to generation ever since.

Plot 51 Cherokee trail of tears climbing french beansI was worried I had planted them out too soon in the cold spring but they seem to have taken to the wigwam and climbing their way along the string and poles. I’ve planted at least one per base of each pole.

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