Cobaea scandens is commonly known as the ‘Cathedral Bells Vine’ as well as the ‘Cup and Saucer Vine’. This is a fast growing long flowering evergreen climbing plant native to tropical central America.
With attractive cup shaped flowers Cobaea scandens is a great plant for a sunny position.
- The species Cobaea scandens has dark purple flowers almost year round in warmer climates
- C. scandens alba has (see picture right) white to green flowers.
Care and growing conditions
Cobaea scandens require a sunny to part shaded position and a humus rich moist well drained soil. Fairly easy to grow from seeds avoid frosts where possible. In warm climates treated as a perennial in cooler areas, New South Wale, Victoria it is grown as an annual.
We suggest a humus rich soil with the plant mulched well to maintain a cool moist root run.
Cobaea scandens – Summary Information.
- Height – This is climbing plant that will reach 3 – 4 metres.
- Growth Rate – Fast.
- Foliage – Mid green.
- Flowers – Purple or pale green to white depending on variety.
- Flowering period – Spring to summer in cooler climates. Spring through summer into autumn in warmer areas.
- Soil – Humus rich moist.
- Position – Full sun to a little afternoon shade.
- Frost tolerant – It will be burnt back by frosts, however recovers well.
- Drought tolerant – No.
Cobaea scandens is available fro sale from the following participating nurseries.
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
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