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Bauhinia forficata, Bauhinia candicans , Pata de Vaca

Bauhinia forficata, Bauhinia candicans

Pata de Vaca
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: South America
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This small tree, which has many other names, including weak-leaved orchid tree and Brazilian orchid, can be found growing naturally in warm climates across South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It typically grows to a height of 10-20 feet, with a thick, fleshy trunk and a wide, flat crown.

This native, ethnomedical plant is a great choice for gardeners looking to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It produces fragrant, off-white to white flowers, which are five-petaled and bloom in the late summer months.

For those looking to grow Bauhinia forficata in their garden, it is important to ensure that it receives plenty of direct sunlight and regular waterings. This drought and heat tolerant species thrives in moist soils and is suitable for growing in USDA Zone 9-11.

In colder regions, Bauhinia forficata can be grown in a large pot and brought outside during the warmer months. For optimal growth, the plant should be potted in a well-draining soil mix and placed in a sunny area with plenty of air circulation. In the winter, the plant should be brought inside and kept in a bright area. Make sure to water the plant regularly, but do not overwater. Apply fertilizer during the growing season to promote optimal growth.


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Bauhinia forficata, Bauhinia candicans , Pata de Vaca
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