Cobaea scandens f. alba

A vigorous plant that will scale a wall with support and can grow up to 6m (20ft). It has fantastic, exotic, white flowers that look like a cup sitting on a saucer. More
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This is one of my favourite plants growing in the white garden at Sissinghurst. There it covers arches over the path. Grown in a greenhouse, this will flower almost twelve months of the year.

Cobaea scandens are a fantastic, exotic looking plant. I've picked a bunch of these in December on a sheltered wall in Sussex. Use them floating in a shallow bowl or simply mixed with rosemary in a tumbler.

These are rampant climbers which will cover a wall in a trice – growing up to a second storey window if given a climbing frame. They are perfect for following sweet peas, as they flower long and hard from mid-summer to winter.

Genus Cobaea scandens
Variety Alba
Type Half-Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Cup and Saucer Vine, Cathedral Bells
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 3m (10ft)
Spacing 15cm (6in) apart at the base of a frame or wall
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover January-March and support on a mini frame as it grows, then train onto a tall frame or wired wall. Plant out after last frosts.
Flowering July - October, 20 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 5 days, can be floated with nightlights in a shallow bowl. Sear the stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds to extend the vase life.
Harvesting Flowers will produce for 4 months, or almost 12 months of the year if grown in a greenhouse.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
The very best annual climbers

Sow these climbers in your garden in the spring, and you'll enjoy them well into the autumn.


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Reviewed 6th April 2018 by Angie Hayward

Grew against a south facing dark fence, stunning. All seedlings thrived. Cut flowers from late summer through to January. Am ordering more for this year.

Cobaea scandens "Alba"

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Reviewed 4th March 2015 by Sian Griffiths

Grew from seed last year; planted in walled, s/w facing sheltered spot in Cambridgeshire. Very vigorous; fabulous and abundant flowers from August until January. Had a bunch of the lovely white bells for Christmas Day!