Vigna lutea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8B 9A 9B 

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Plant Specifics

Size:Scrambling vine.  Stems 6-10 ft or longer and can make mounds up to about 6 ft tall.
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown legume
Phenology:Annual to perennial. Can bloom year round. More likely to fruit in fall.
Habitats:Coastal areas, flatwoods, disturbed areas.


Recommended Uses:Naturalistic areas especially near the coast.  
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand



Likely used as forage by species such as deer. 

Good cover.

Larval host for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), dorantes longtail (Urbanus dorantes), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus) butterflies. 

Nectar source for gray hairstreak.

Attracts bees which are documented pollinators of the genus.