Mucuna bracteata is a leguminous plant. It is a nitrogen-regulating plant that is used in agroecosystems operating around certain types of agricultural plant systems including: rubber trees, oil palm, citrus and coconut.
Common name: Cowitch, Common Cowitch, Konch Color: Orange Bloom time: July Height: 25.00 to 40.00 feet Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care Plants do not thrive in Zones 9 to 10 without a period of refrigeration; they need a cold, dormant period. Select a site with soil that drains well. How can you tell? After a good rain, find a spot that is the first to dry out. Water trapped beneath the scales may rot the bulb, so a well-drained site is essential.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 20-35 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance.
The vines need to be trained early when they are young.
You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections.
Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.
Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.
Harvesting: 2 weeks
Plants prefer a near-neutral pH range of 5.
A pH of 6.
5 is just about right for most home gardens (slightly acidic to neutral).
An accurate soil test will tell you where your pH currently stands.
Acidic (sour) soil is counteracted by applying finely ground limestone, and alkaline (sweet) soil is treated with ground sulfur.
Special Feature: Woodland gardens, naturalized areas. Provides quick cover for fences, arbors, trellises, walls or other structures in the landscape. Also may be grown along the ground to camouflage rock piles or old tree stumps. Good vine for hot, dry sites. Needs lots of room. Excellent for hummingbird gardens. Use
Note: No serious insect or disease problems. Species is a very aggressive spreader.