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Mucuna pruriens

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mucuna (myoo-KOO-nuh) (Info)
Species: pruriens (PRUR-ee-ens) (Info)

Synonym:Dolichos pruriens
Synonym:Mucuna prurita
Synonym:Mucuna esquirolii
Synonym:Stizolobium pruritum

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Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive seedpicker_TX On Sep 18, 2004, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful, and unusual blooms, as well as beneficial legume(nitrogen fixer) and liana(climbing woody vine). Gorgeous deep purple blooms. Tolerates heat well. It has many pollinators, including bats.
Pods must be handled with care(gloves), as they have fiberglass-like hairs that can irritate skin.
The beans are used as a coffee substitute, thus the common name 'Nescafe'.
Best grown in full sun and warm/hot climate.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Lucedale, Mississippi
Polkton, North Carolina
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Plano, Texas



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