The Velvet Bean is a tropical legume and annual climbing shrub native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. This vine is largely cultivated for the medicinal benefit of it's seeds. Velvet Bean seeds contain the substance dopamine, or L-dopa, a substance that is used as a first-line treatment for Parkinson's disease. Seeds also contain substances that have anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-oxidant properties.
Velvet Bean produces white and lavender flower panicles and large clusters of deep-purple hairy bean pods that encapsulate the dark black medicinal seeds. The Velvet Bean vine has extremely long climbing ability and reach.
Plant Type: Annual Fruiting Vine, Legume
Harvest Season: Summer, Fall
Mature Size: Vines may reach 12-15 ft in length
Soil & Moisture: Velvet Bean grows great in light and sandy well-draining soil. It thrives in tropical climates with heavy rainfall, as well as dry climates. Velvet Bean is not picky!