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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Fava beans are a cool season plant which do best when grown in either the spring or the fall. They are quite robust and can grow to three feet high. The plants produce many large pods. They are used as a shelling bean.

    Latin Name

    Vicia faba


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Also Known As

    Broad Bean


    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals
    Vegetables Vegetables

    Seasons

    Fall Fall
    Spring Spring

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 3'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Northern Africa and southern Asia


    History

    George Washington grew many different types of beans at his farms.


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