Abrus precatorius


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Synonyme: Abrus abrus, Abrus minor, Abrus pauciflorus

Abrus precatorius, known commonly as jequirity, Crab’s eye, rosary pea, precatory pea or bean, John Crow Bead, Indian licorice. Perennial tropical vine native all through the plains of India and into Ceylon, East Africa, also Florida. Fascinating vine with flowers of purple, seeds bicolored red and black. The raw seed is TOXIC, containing a toxalbumin known as “abrin.” Not for internal or external use! Ingestion of a single seed, well chewed, can be fatal to both adults and children. This plant is also poisonous to horses.

Seeds in packet: 15

Sowing instructions :

Pre-Treatment: pour hot water over the seeds + soak ca. 24-48 h

Sow Indoors: All year round – press seeds 1-2cm into the soil

Germination Time: 21-48 Days

Season: Perrenial

Environment: Sun / Partial Shade

Soil Type: Rich / Average/ Dry / Moist well-drained,

pH 6.6-7.5 USDA Zones: 10 / min 10-15°C ( Can be grown like houseplant )

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg

20 seeds


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