The invention includes methods for production of a polypeptide having factor VIII activity by introduction of a polynucleotide construct into a plant cell. The construct includes an encoding sequence for a polypeptide of coagulation factor VIII or a functional variant thereof. The plant cell is cultured or regenerated into a plant and the polypeptide or functional variant of factor VIII is expressed therein. The invention also includes vectors, plant cells, plant tissues, plants and seeds containing a polynucleotide sequence encoding a functional variant of human coagulation factor VIII. The invention further includes a recombinant DNA molecule having a promoter which is functional in plants operably linked to a coding sequence which codes for a polynucleotide having coagulation factor VIII activity.