Caracalla means that it comes from Caracas, in Venezuela. Fast-growing, twining vine attracts butterflies with fragrant flowers from mid-summer into fall. The 2" blooms have upper petals that contort and bend backwards, with the elongated keel coiled in 4 or 5 spirals like a Corkscrew. The flowers are quite fragrant and are mostly pollinated by ants - if you have no ants, you'll have no pods and therefore no seeds.
Cochliasanthus caracalla, Vigna caracalla, Phaseolus caracalla, Corkscrew flower, Snail vine... Funky names, and what a funky plant! Want something different in your garden? Surprise your visitors with this bizarre flower!
Originating in Tropical South and Central America, Snail vine has such distinct shaped flowers of bright multicolored curls! They are smelling similarly to Hyacinth...
Hardy in zone 9 and above, wanting full sun and moist soil, it prefers heat and humidity. In cooler zones it does well in a pot and should be brought inside during winter. Snail vine is very fast growing and yet non-invasive. It is a beautiful summer bloomer and a show stopper! You would definitely want some place special for this very unique and must have vine.