trade
search plant database and seed store
Plant Informational Database

Fava Bean

Vicia faba

a.k.a. Broad Bean, Horse Bean, Faba Bean

The fava bean is a large, cool weather bean excellent for growing in coastal climates or in warm areas, during cool winter months. Beans can be eaten ripe, or pods can be picked and cooked, much like peas.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

Pods generally mature in 120+ days from seed. Plants are usually 2-4ft tall, and produce many ornamental white-purple flowers. Fava Beans are nitrogen fixers.

Hardiness

Protect plants from frost and freezes.

Growing Environment

Grow in full sun.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Beans can be eaten and are used to prepare a variety of foods. The plant is also a popular cover crop, great for returning nutrients to the soil.

Native Range

The exact origin of the fava bean is unknown, but it is believed to be native to Central Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. It has long been cultivated and has spread across all populated continents as a food plant.

Related Species

Fabaceae  
Acacia caven
Espinillo
Acacia farnesiana
Sweet Acacia
Acacia koa
Koa
Acacia podalyriifolia
Pearl Acacia
Acacia verticillata
Prickly Moses
Bauhinia forficata
Brazilian Orchid Tree
Bauhinia variegata
Orchid Tree
Caesalpinia echinata
Brazilwood
Caesalpinia gilliesii
Desert Bird of Paradise
Cassia closiana
Golden Cassia
Cassia excelsa
Crown of Gold Tree
Cassia fistula
Golden Shower Tree
Cassia fistula x javanica
Rainbow Shower Tree
Cassia grandis
Coral Shower Tree
Ceratonia siliqua
Carob
Delonix regia
Royal Poinciana
Erythrina crista-galli
Cockspur Coral Tree
Indigofera australis
Indigo
Inga cinnamomea
Inga Acu
Inga edulis
Ice Cream Bean
Inga feuillei
Pacay
Inga laurina
White Inga
Inga marginata
Guabilla
Inga sessilis
Monkey Inga
Inga vulpina
Pink Flowered Inga
Inocarpus fagifer
Polynesian Chestnut
Hyacinth Bean
Lablab purpurea
Azure Blue Sweet Pea
Lathyrus sativus
Leucaena leucocephala
Koa Haole
Mimosa pudica
Sensitive Plant
Parkia javanica
Sataw
Scarlet Runner Bean
Phaseolus coccineus
Pithecellobium dulce
Manila Tamarind
Pithecellobium flexicaule
Texas Ebony
Pongamia pinnata
Pongam
Samanea saman
Monkey Pod
Senna alata
Candle Bush
Senna multiglandulosa
Buttercup Bush
Senna surattensis
Singapore Shower
Strongylodon macrobotrys
Jade Vine
Tamarindus indica
Tamarind
Vicia faba
Fava Bean