I bought a package of Elegant Beans green flageolet beans when I was in California, planning to eat most of them but grow some for the future since I don't get to California often.
I have just googled to see how tall they grow, and found a disquieting fact: there are white flageolets, and pale green ones, but the green ones are that colour because they are picked and dried while they are immature.
I wonder if they are mature enough to germinate?
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada a cool mediterranean climate - rainy winter, dry summer
I tried growing flageolet last summer and had to pull them out before they got very far because it turned out that they are *extremely* susceptible to anthracnose. I was sad because I really like them.
If you could grow them, though, I wonder if you could select the ones that kept more of a green tinge as they mature.
This year I tried growing out some beans that came out of a Cherokee Trail of Tears - Anseloni's Bologna cross, that were and odd, lumpy shape and light green when dried. It turned out that they had just dried down early last year; this year they were white, hard to pick, hard to shell, nonproductive and not very disease resistant. Ha ha! Guess who's not getting grown again.
I bought a cup and a half of Whole Foods Ten Bean Mix in the bulk foods. Cost $4, so would be expensive used for food, but a bargain used for seeds. One of them looks like a green flageolet.
I've sorted them. They are all small. The two largest are a red and a white kidney. Two tinies - a round black and a cream oval with a black eye. The others are in-between sized - oval yellow, round buff, long pale green, brown and white speckled, half black/half white, pale brown speckled red.
I'll grow a couple of each in my greenhouse to see whether they are bush or pole, so I'll know how to grow them in the garden next year.