Mucuna bennettii is a tropical climber with clusters of bright orange-red flowers

Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine)

A prolific flowering vine of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 27 Nov 2017New Guinea Creeper of Red Jade Vine is an exotic and magnificent tropical climber with amazing clusters of bright orange-red flowers.

The colour of its chandelier-like clusters of blossoms is absolutely stunning and unique.

Grow this beauty if you can provide space and a strong support such as an arbour or trellis.

Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation :

  • Botanical Name: Chandelier-like clusters of bright orange flowers of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 27 Nov 2017Mucuna bennettii (syn.: Mucana albertisii, Mucana novoguineensis).
  • Common Names: New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine.
  • Family Name: Fabaceae.
  • Etymology: The genus Mucana is the Brazilian vernacular name for cow-itch which is Mucana pruriens.
    The specific epithet bennettii is named after A.W. Bennett, a British botanist.
  • Origin: Native to Papua New Guinea. It is popularly cultivated worldwide.
  • Plant type: Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine) is a woody and twining climber tat can grow up to 30,48 m in length. 29 Nov 2017An ornamental, perennial and tropical climber.
  • Features: Mucuna bennettii is from the genus, Mucuna that consists of about 100 accepted species of climbing vines.
    A large and fast-growing woody and twining climber that can grow up to 30.48 m in length.
    Flowers and glossy green and trifoliate leaves of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 28 Nov 2017It will eventually grow to a big climber and requires a large space to spread.
    Ensure its roots are in shade.
    The vine will be covered with glossy green and trifoliate leaves with ovate-shaped leaflets.
    Leaves are alternately arranged along the stem.
    Beautiful chandelier-like clusters of bright orange-red flowers are produced in a metre long raceme.
    Short, oblong and fleshy seedpods of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 28 Nov 2017Eventually, the flowers will be followed by short, oblong and fleshy seedpods.
  • Culture (Care): Mucuna bennettii or New Guinea Creeper can be easily grown with minimum care.
    Light: Best in full sun or bright filtered sunlight for optimum growth and flowering. Does well in semi-shade too.
    Moisture: Moderate water requirements.
    Water regularly to keep the plant moist but never waterlogged as it is prone to root rot in soggy soil.
    Soil: Captivating orange-red blossoms of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 27 Nov 2017Humus-enriched, moist and well-drained soils.
    Others: Prune the Red Jade Vine lightly after blooming.
    Since the plant blooms on both old and new growth, do not hard prune as it will delay flowering.
    Lack of water may cause leaf browning and stunted growth.
    Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine) with clusters of orange-red flowers in a metre long raceme, 27 Nov 2017Provide the vine with a strong support such as a pergola as it will become a large and woody climber.
    Feed once fortnightly with a balanced fertilizer for flowering plants at ½ strength.
    Generally free from serious pests and disease problems.
    However, do watch out for mealybugs, aphids and spider mites.
    For subtropical and temperate regions: Hardiness: USDA Zone 10-11.
    Mesmerising flower clusters of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 27 Nov 2017Mucuna bennettii or New Guinea Creeper is a tropical plant and will also thrive well in semi-tropical regions.
    It requires warmth and the plant is likely to turn yellow and drop its leaves if temperature drop below 13°C. It benefits when its roots are in full shade.
    Just cover the roots with a layer of mulch around the base of the plant.
    Replenish mulch as required to keep its roots cool.
    Beautiful rose-pink blooms of Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine), 28 Nov 2017In non-hardy regions, grow this beauty in a greenhouse or conservatory with sufficient light.
    If it is planted in a large pot/tub, you can prune it back after flowering and bring it to overwinter indoors.
    Feed the plant once fortnightly with a high phosphorus fertiliser in early spring to promote flowering throughout summer and fall.
  • Propagation: Can be propagated from stem tip cuttings.
  • Usage: Mucuna bennettii or New Guinea Creeper produces beautiful clusters of bright red-orange flowers and will be excellent over a pergola, trellis and arbour to display the spectacular cascading flower trusses.
    Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine) requires a strong pergola to support its growthA beautiful climber with ornamental flowers that can be trained to climb large trees. Suitable to be grown in a very large container or tub and ideal to be planted in the ground with a strong support such as a pergola for it to climb. It’ll make a great accent specimen in any garden. Grow it if you’re a nature lover as this beauty attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Its cousin, Strongylodon macrobotys is as beautiful with spectacular claw-shaped flowers in shimmering greenish-blue.

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