Vicia faba ‘The Sutton’

Broad bean

  • Botanical name: Vicia faba 'The Sutton'
  • Common name: Broad bean
  • Family: Papilionaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Broad beans, Vicia faba, are easy to grow, bearing an early crop of delicious, tender beans suitable for using in the first of the summer salads.


Vicia faba ‘The Sutton’ is a dwarf, hardy variety, ideal for sowing outdoors in autumn for an early crop, or spring. It produces prolific yields of short pods of tasty white beans, on branching stems. it doesn’t need staking and it suitable for growing in small gardens or containers.


Vicia faba ‘The Sutton’ in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Pinch out growing tips in spring to deter blackfly. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Vicia 'The Sutton'

  • Plant size

    38cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December


Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do not Harvest in August

Do not Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Vicia 'The Sutton' and wildlife

Vicia 'The Sutton' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Vicia 'The Sutton' poisonous?

Vicia 'The Sutton' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Vicia 'The Sutton'