Cobaea scandens f. alba
|Sow Under Cover
- Half-Hardy Climber
- On a Climbing Support
- Broad Tolerance
- July - October (or until the first frosts)
- 3.0m (10ft)
- Common name
- Cup and Saucer Vine
- Moist but Well-drained
- Full Sun
- 2.1m (7ft)
- Sow under cover January-March. Plant out after last frost. Grow Cobaea against a sturdy trellis, south-facing wall or fence with supports attached. Cobaea does best in moist but well-drained soil, so water regularly in dry spells.
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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 12 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.
Cobaea scandens is one of the fastest growing climbing vines so train to grow along trellises and other structures and if left to grow without grooming, the plant may eventually span 7m+ from a single set of roots.