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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.

20 seeds

5 seedlings (510814-5)

5 jumbo seedlings

10 jumbo seedlings (510814-SP10)

1 x 2 litre pot (510814-2L)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow
Flowers/ Harvest


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.

Care Tips

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.