Vicia, Broad Bean, English Bean, Faba Bean, Fava Bean, Windsor Bean 'Broad Windsor'

Vicia faba

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: faba (FAH-va) (Info)
Cultivar: Broad Windsor
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Stanford, California

Sunol, California

Brooksville, Florida

Efland, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 30, 2007, Lauren88 from Stanford, CA wrote:

These make a great winter crop, planted in November and harvested in March-April in areas where the temperature won't go below 12 degrees F. Builds the soil and tasty protein in pastas, soups, stir-fries etc. It is no work at all to grow them, but prepping them for cooking is a pain. First you remove them from the pods, then boil for 1 minute, let cool and remove the outer white coat. Eat the inner green part. Harvest is twice a week for about 5 weeks. Mine were attacked by black aphids this year, but I am just letting it be since the plants seem to be a breeding ground for ladybugs and other aphid predators, and the plants still produce. Also lots of people use these as green manure to build the soil even more, just chop them back when about 10" high into the soil and wait a while ... read more


On May 18, 2004, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful bean to grow! Can be sown just before Fall (easily winters over in my Zone 7) or in early Spring.

Fall sown crops are not usually affected by many pests. Spring sown crops may get aphids and/or black fly. (Black fly tends to congregate at the very tops of the plants and can be easily removed by topping the plant.) (By the way, rinse the black fly off the part you topped and serve the plant in a light stir-fry!)