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4818Re:help with identifying mystery plant

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  • Laury Carter
    Feb 1, 2010

      I know it as Malabar Spinach, also known as Mucuna.

      There are two varieties, one has a red stem. I grew the red-stemmed variety
      last year, though it winter kills in my climate.

      The whole plant is edible, including the root. It's a perennial native to
      India, if I remember correctly.

      The black seeds (Mucuna Seed) are growing in popularity for their positive
      effect on Parkinson's Disease.

      Of course, double check this information, but I'm pretty sure that's what it

      Alberta, Canada
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