Cat's Claw Seeds

Macfadyena Unguis-Cati Seeds (Cat's Claw Seeds)

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Cats claw vine gets its name from the 3-pronged claw-like climbing appendages that are used to grasp onto plants or surfaces...

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Macfadyena unguis-cati, also known as Dolichandra unguis-cati, or Cats claw vine, is a perennial climbing liana native to West Indies, Mexico and Argentina. Cats claw vine is a long lived plant that grows relatively slow. It can reach up to 30 m in height. Cats claw vine gets its name from the 3-pronged claw-like climbing appendages that are used to grasp onto plants or surfaces. The plant has a semi-persistent foliage. Macfadyena unguis-cati possesses bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers (4-10 cm long and up to 10 cm wide). They bloom in early summer. Its leaves are glossy green with two leaflets per petiole. The fruit is glossy green and turn dark-brown as they mature. Each fruit contains numerous papery seeds (10-40 mm long, 4-10 mm wide) Macfadyena unguis-cati needs full sun to part shade. It is drought tolerant. Hardiness zone : 8-10
Label Macfadyena Unguis-Cati
Common name Cat's-claw vine
Family No
Genus No
Species Macfadyena unguis-cati
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Sow the seeds on the surface of a container filled with damp seed-starting mix, press them into the mix without covering them, and swathe the container in plastic wrap to keep the mix damp. If you give the seeds temperatures near 70 degrees fahrenheit (21 degrees celsius), they should sprout within three weeks to three months.
Germination may be very slow, perhaps 2-3 months, or sometimes much longer, and these seeds may sometimes wait for spring before emerging. Grow on individual seedlings in 3 inch pots before finally planting with climbing support in a well-drained spot or very large pot.
Scarification / Stratification No

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