Vigna speciosa, Snail Vine

Vigna speciosa

Snail Vine
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: South America
USDA Zone: 9-12?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

An outstanding and exotic looking, fast growing vine that produces masses of fragrant flowers carried in bold clusters. The large, spiraling flowers are extremely attractive and create an on-going display all summer long. The flowers show up especially well set against the handsome mid-green foliage. This rare and unusual vine is ideal grown over a fence, trellis or arbor and can be used over lattice work to create shade for a deck or patio. It can even be grown in containers over a support. The most out-standing and floriferous member of this family. 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.

Also called 'Phaseolus giganteus' (a horticultural name)

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