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Cobaea scandens f. alba

Cup and saucer vine

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour






Skill level


Cobaea scandens f. alba

Plant details

Also known as cathedral bells, this vigorous vine is a native of tropical America, where it grows as a woody perennial. This variety has clear white flowers which is a change from the traditional purple. Plants take a while to flower so it is good idea to sow the seeds early. It may be grown in large pots for standing outdoors in summer, and will behave as a perennial if kept indoors in winter at about 7C (45F). In a very mild winter plants may survive and remain virtually evergreen, but they are usually grown as annuals on a wall, fence or pergola.

Family: Cobaeaceae

Genus: Cobaea

Species: scandens

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 1000cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Reader reviews


This is the first time that i have grown Cobaea, i have never Sean the plant grown before, but what a very present surprise, i will keep on growing it from now on, long with the rest of my climbers.


we have a large seed pod on our Cobaea scanden - is it possible to save the seeds for next year? if so when is the correct time to harvest them? we have two plants which are in full bloom. beautiful.

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