Cobaea scandens 'Purple'

Cobaea scandens 'Purple' will clamber up and over your garden wall. It is a fantastic, exotic looking plant with buds in green-white, deepening to purple as they age. More
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Cobaea scandens 'Purple' will clamber up and over your garden wall. It is a fantastic, exotic looking plant with buds in green-white, deepening to purple as they age.

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 2nd storey window if given a climbing frame. Or, perfect for following sweet peas, as they flower long and hard from mid summer to winter.

Genus Cobaea scandens
Variety Purple
Type Half-hardy Annual Climber, Half-Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Cup and Saucer Vine, Cathedral Bells
Border Position Back, Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained, Moist but Well-drained
Height 6m (20ft)
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 frost.
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
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