Broad Bean 'Crimson-flowered'

The most ornamental broad bean, perfect for mixing into partere and flower borders as well as the veg garden More
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The most ornamental broad bean, perfect for mixing into partere and flower borders as well as the veg garden, with scented, deep crimson flowers. It lasts well in a vase too.

Genus Vicia
Group/Species V. faba
Variety Crimson Flowered
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Broad Bean Crimson-flowered
Border Position Container, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow straight into the ground in early spring (March-April) or late autumn (September-October). Or sow into Rootrainers Jan/Feb for planting out March/April
Care Tips Stake each plant and pinch out tips to avoid blackfly once bottom flowers are starting to form beans. Water well whilst the pods start to grow. Add manure to the soil before planting.
Flowering May - July
Harvesting May - July
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Broad Bean 'Crimson-flowered' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2018 by Penny Clamp

I grew these for the first time this year enticed by the unusual red flowers.
They grew really well to about 2 1/2 feet and were very straight and erect with roughly 3 equal sized stems per plant. I panicked at that point as one or two started to lean so I built a cane and string cage round them which supported them just right although if you don't mind them wonky they probably would have been ok. There were plenty of truly beautiful crimson flowers and they lasted a long time but initially I couldn't see any beans. I thought this would be a repeat of my usual situation of plenty of flowers and few beans but suddenly in the middle of this hideous heatwave/drought that we have been enduring I noticed lots of little beans coming. I am now picking them and they are small - about 4 inches long and only 3-4 smallish beans per pod. However there are plenty of them and they are sweet with no bitter taste.
I have read up on them and they are an old variety and the small size of everything is because they are not a highly hybridized bean.They are said to have a very good scent like other broad beans but mine didn't which led me to wonder if the insects wouldn't be attracted to pollinate them but they obviously did. They also didn't have crimson stems which some people mention, maybe they are rather variable. (If you want crimson beans you have to grow Red Epicure which has white flowers and is a bigger plant altogether).
So I would most highly recommend Crimson Flowered as visually beautiful and easy to grow.

so beautiful!

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Reviewed 12th September 2017 by Jane

I have grown these beans before and am so delighted they are available from Sarah Raven - I have not been able to find them again. The flowers are beautiful...I like to grow them like a thick hedge on the outside border of my veg plot. They form beans a bit slowly but once they are ready, they are a good tasty bean and generous yield.