Mucuna pruriens growing climber herbaceous of the genus Mucuna also known as Velvet bean, Mucuna pruriens annual plant and used for the edible beans or as a medical plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 7+.

Leaves stem and pods cover with hairs,

Flower color black-purple grow in the shape of butterfly the flowers grow on stem in inflorescence

Mucuna pruriens beans

Bean color can be: black or brown with some white marks, young pods green to purple, mature pods hairy like velvet in brownish color

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Requirements for Mucuna pruriens growing and care:


What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Tuber / Bulb/ Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
the “velvet” can cause allergic problem

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:
Larva, aphids

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
Just to design

Size of the plant:
5-15 m, 15-45 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Black-purple flowers grow in the shape of butterfly the flowers grow on stem in inflorescence

Pollination is done by:

Edible seeds

Seeds harvest season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Seeds pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Mucuna pruriens seeds?
Cooked, stew

Work requirements on the seeds:
For the beans it’s to pick them before it start to fall on the floor

How long does it take to bear seeds?
Start to bear pods after 2 month

Scientific name:

Mucuna pruriens

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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Harvest season

Ornamental parts

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Plant life-form

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Planting season

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Watering plants

Hardiness zone