Velvet bean plants first originate from the regions of southern China and eastern India, but they are found and planted throughout the world today. These plants are grown for a variety of uses including use as cover crops, as medicine, and even as food, to name a few. The plants will not tolerate cold climates and should be planted as annuals in the springtime. The plants produce bean pods and purple or white blooms on long vines that can reach more than 50 feet high.
- Velvet bean plants are grown all across the world but their native habitat is an area ranging from southern China to eastern India
- Velvet bean plants grow vertically as vines that produce bean pods and flowers that are purple or white in color
- Velvet bean plants are popularly used for medicinal purposes and are believed to be effective in treating hypertension, fertility issues, and digestive problems, among others
“Velvet bean plants are not frost hardy, but they have a short lifespan and even in hot climates they are almost always grown as annuals. (Occasionally they can be treated as biennials). The vines are long, sometimes reaching 60 feet (15 m.) in length.”