Broad Bean Vicia faba 'Aquadulce Claudia'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
bean (broad) 'Aquadulce Claudia'


The plant known as 'Aquadulce Claudia' is a variety of broad bean that is notable for its robust and bushy growth. The stems of this plant are sturdy, supporting an abundant production of pods. Its leaves are a lush green, appearing in pairs along the stem, with each leaf being composed of large, oval leaflets that have a smooth and somewhat waxy texture. The flowers of 'Aquadulce Claudia' are a striking feature. They typically blossom in clusters, presenting a beautiful display of black and white colors. Each flower is sweetly scented, which can attract beneficial insects such as bees to the garden. Following pollination, the flowers develop into long, podded fruits. These pods are thick and fleshy, with a pale green color that deepens as they mature. Inside the pods, you can find the broad beans themselves, which are neatly lined up in a row. Each bean is encased in a velvety skin and, when shelled, reveals a bright green seed that is plump and smooth. Overall, the plant exudes a sense of vitality and productivity, with its verdant foliage and the promise of a bountiful harvest of nutritious beans. The broad beans from 'Aquadulce Claudia' are known for their creamy texture and rich flavor, making them a favorite among gardeners and cooks alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Broad Bean, Fava Bean, Field Bean, Bell Bean, Tic Bean

    • Common names

      Faba bona Medic., Faba vulgaris Moench, Faba equina Moench, Faba faba (L.) House, Vicia esquirolii H.Lév., Vicia faba var. equina Pers., Vicia faba var. faba, Vicia faba var. major Harz, Vicia faba var. minor Harz, Vicia faba var. paucijuga (Freyn) Mansf., Vicia faba var. vulgaris K.F.Schimp. & Spenn.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      0.5-1 feet (0.15-0.3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • High-Yielding Crop: This variety of broad bean is known for producing abundant yields, providing significant harvests from each plant.
    • Early Maturing: 'Aquadulce Claudia' is an early maturing variety, allowing for an early-season harvest which can be beneficial in regions with shorter growing seasons.
    • Cold Tolerance: The plant has good cold tolerance and can be sown in autumn in milder climates for overwintering, which means it can extend the growing season.
    • Nitrogen Fixation: As a member of the legume family, the broad bean enriches the soil by fixing nitrogen, which improves soil fertility for future crops.
    • Versatile Culinary Use: The beans are versatile in the kitchen and can be used fresh, dried, or even as young pods depending on the stage of harvest.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers of the broad bean attract bees and other beneficial insects which are vital for pollination and enhancing biodiversity in the garden.
    • Easy to Grow: This variety is considered easy to cultivate, suitable for beginners and does not require extensive care or maintenance.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Fava beans (Vicia faba), the plant to which 'Aquadulce Claudia' belongs, have been recognized for their potential to aid in Parkinson's disease due to their natural content of levodopa (L-dopa), a precursor to dopamine.
    • The beans are high in fiber, which can support digestive health and aid in the prevention of digestive disorders.
    • Fava beans are a good source of iron, which is essential for the prevention and treatment of anemia.
    • The beans contain a variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which may contribute to overall health and help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.
    • They have been consumed for their potential to regulate blood sugar levels due to their low glycemic index and high fiber content.
    • Fava beans are also rich in folate (vitamin B9), which is necessary for proper brain function and mental and emotional health.
    • The high protein content in fava beans can contribute to muscle growth and repair.
    Please note that while the listed items are potential medical properties of Vicia faba, individual reactions and the extent of health benefits can vary by person. Always consult with a healthcare provider before using plants for medicinal purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Vicia faba 'Aquadulce Claudia', commonly known as broad bean, can be used as a natural dye for textiles, providing a range of green hues when the pods are used in the dying process.
    • The stems and leaves of broad beans can be incorporated into compost piles to add nitrogen, thus enriching the soil.
    • Fiber from the broad bean plant stalks can be used in the manufacture of paper, offering a sustainable alternative source of paper fiber.
    • Broad bean pods, once dried, can be fashioned into eco-friendly utensils or crafts, promoting waste reduction.
    • The dried plants can serve as a fodder for livestock, particularly for sheep and goats, providing a valuable source of protein.
    • Broad beans can be intercropped with other plants to utilize space efficiently and enhance soil health through nitrogen fixation.
    • Young plants of broad beans can be used as a cover crop to protect the soil from erosion during the off-season.
    • Flour made from ground dried broad beans can be used as a gluten-free flour alternative for baking.
    • The tough, fibrous vines of mature broad bean plants can be used to create natural garden ties or supports for climbing plants.
    • Broad bean flowers can be used in floral arrangements, particularly in rustic or wildflower bouquets, as they have an attractive shape and color.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Broad Bean is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Broad Bean is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Prosperity: Broad beans, like the Vicia faba 'Aquadulce Claudia', have long been associated with abundance and prosperity, as they are a rich source of protein and have been a staple food in many cultures.
    • Fertility: Due to their rapid and vigorous growth, broad beans are often linked to fertility and the potential for new life.
    • Fortune: In some traditions, broad beans are connected to good fortune, especially around the New Year, where eating them is believed to bring luck.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not applicable
Autumn - Winter
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Broad beans, like Vicia faba 'Aquadulce Claudia', prefer consistent moisture, especially during flowering and pod formation. Water deeply and thoroughly about once a week, providing about 1 to 1.5 gallons per square yard of soil. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases; instead, use a soaker hose or drip irrigation at the base of the plants. During particularly hot or dry periods, you may need to water more frequently, but always check the soil moisture first; it should be moist but not waterlogged. Reduce watering as the beans mature and pods begin to dry.

  • sunLight

    Broad beans favor a sunny spot with at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. However, in extremely hot climates, they benefit from some afternoon shade to protect them from intense heat. Planting in an area that receives morning sunlight with some light shade in the afternoon can be ideal for optimal growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Broad beans thrive in cooler temperatures and can tolerate a minimum temperature of around 40°F, making them suitable for early spring planting. They perform best when daytime temperatures are between 50°F and 70°F. The plant can survive a light frost, but temperatures exceeding 75°F may lead to flower and pod drop, impeding yield.

  • scissorsPruning

    Broad beans generally do not require extensive pruning, but pinching out the tops after the first pods begin to form can encourage more pods and reduce the risk of blackfly infestation. Pruning is best done when the plants are about 3 feet tall. Remove any diseased or damaged foliage as needed to maintain plant health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Broad beans, such as 'Aquadulce Claudia', prefer a well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. The best soil mix should incorporate compost or well-rotted manure to improve fertility; a mix of two parts loam, one part peat or humus-rich compost, and one part sharp sand or perlite would work well. This blend provides the necessary nutrients and drainage needed for healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Broad beans ('Aquadulce Claudia') are typically not repotted as they are annual plants that complete their lifecycle within one growing season. Instead, they are sown directly into the ground or started in pots and then transplanted outdoors after the risk of frost has passed. There is no need to repot these plants during the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Broad beans ('Aquadulce Claudia') are hardy and adaptable to a range of humidity levels and generally do well in the average outdoor environment. They do not require high humidity and can tolerate the variable conditions found in most gardens. Ensure the plants have good air circulation to minimize disease risk.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Starting broad beans indoors is possible—use deep pots and sunny spots.

    • Outdoor

      Plant broad beans in fertile soil, sunlight, and space rows 50cm apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Vicia faba 'Aquadulce Claudia', commonly known as Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia', begins with seed germination, which typically occurs within 10-14 days when planted in well-drained soil and ideal temperatures. Following germination, the seedling emerges and develops a strong root system and a stem with leaflets that unfold as the plant matures. The vegetative stage is marked by robust growth, where the plant increases in size and develops more leaves and branches. After vegetative growth, the plant enters the reproductive stage, producing fragrant white flowers with black markings, which are pollinated by insects, leading to the development of pods. The pods grow until they are full and plump, containing the mature beans; this stage is critical for yield and quality. Once the beans are mature, the entire plant begins to senesce, completing its life cycle, and the beans can then be harvested, consumed, or saved for planting in the next season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Autumn - Winter

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagation for the Fava bean, specifically the variety 'Aquadulce Claudia', is through direct seeding. The best time to sow Fava beans is in early spring or in fall, depending on the local climate, to avoid the plants flowering during the hottest part of the summer. For a spring planting, sowing should be timed after the risk of frost has passed, usually from February to April. Seeds should be planted about 1 to 2 inches deep (2.5 to 5 centimeters) in well-draining soil and spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart (15 to 20 centimeters) to ensure adequate room for growth. Seedlings typically emerge within 10 to 14 days. This legume prefers a sunny location and will require watering during extended dry periods, though overwatering should be avoided as it can lead to root rot. Care should be taken to provide support for the plants as they grow, as Fava beans can reach heights of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 centimeters) and may become top-heavy with pods.