Cowitch in ivy
How do I get rid of cowitch taking over my English ivy, without hurting the ivy?
Durham County North Carolina
This question was answered by a Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer.
Thank you for your question
We would recommend, in order to protect the English ivy that you remove the cowitch (Mucuna pruriens ) by hand if possible as soon as possible before it blooms and then sets seeds, and if it already has seeds being very careful not to let any of its seeds germinate. If you can see seeds on the plants secure a plastic bag over them to prevent seed drop.
Please contact us if you need more information:
NC Cooperative Extension
Durham County Center
Durham County Master Gardener Volunteers
721 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
Thank you for your guidance. I was very concerned over making physical contact with the cow witch
I understand it's poisonous. Thanks ,
This is what I found on cowitch from NC State
This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Cow-itch, Trumpet creeper, Trumpet vine
Atropurpurea , Crimson Trumpet , Flava , Minor , Praecox , Spec, Atropurpurea , Crimson Trumpet , Flava , Minor , Praecox , Spec
Climbs by aerial roots, but needs additional support; thrives on neglect- tolerant of wind, poor soil; spreads by underground runners and can become invasive; attracts hummingbirds; native; best flower production in full sun; flowers on new growth. This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer
Woody, deciduous, or partly evergreen vine; leaves opposite, pinnately divided into 9-11 leaflets with toothed margins; flowers in clusters, tubular, orange-yellow to red; fruit an elongated slender capsule with many winged seeds
Orange-red flowers, July to frost; best flower production in full sun; flowers on new growth
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Poison Delivery Mode:
Skin irritation with redness and swelling
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Forest or natural area in dry woods, roadsides, along fences; weedy in disturbed areas; landscape as woody, flowering vine
Aerial roots but needs additional support
apvg, showy flowers, deciduous, birds, hummingbirds, wildlife, deer resistant
From the information above; It looks as though there are poisonous parts of this plant please be careful when dealing with it.
Wear protective clothing.