The Broad Bean (Vicia faba) is an annual flowering plant in the Fabaceae family of vetch plants. It is also known as Fava Bean or Faba Bean.
It is common across Europe, Asia, and America.
It grows to about 2 metres (2-6 feet) tall with 2-4 stems. The grey-green leaves are 10-25 centimetres (4-10 inches) long.
Vetch plants have tendrils for climbing up and over vegetation, but the Broad Bean doesn’t have tendrils. It grows erect.
The white flowers are 1-2 centimetres (about an inch) long with five petals. The wing petals are white with a black spot. The keep petals are white with fine black lines.
The fruit is a green pods that are 5-10 centimetres (2-4 inches) long and one centimetre (half-an-inch) wide. The pods have downy fluff on them. Each pod contains 3-8 flat, broad seeds.
The Broad Bean blooms in spring.
Photographed at Vernouillet-Verneuil, France, April 2023
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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