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Hidatsa Shield Figure bean
The Hidatsa Shield Figure bean gets its name from the Hidatsa American Indians of the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. As one of the most productive dry beans, it was widely planted throughout the Missouri River Valley region. Planted with the traditional sister crops?beans, corn, squash?the Hidatsa Shield Figure bean well-supported this three-tiered crop system because of its natural inclination to climb poles and thus corn stalks. The pods of the plant produce white seeds that have brownish-red and orange markings along their sides.