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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, Cobaea scandens is a vigorous vine, native to tropical America, where it grows as a woody perennial.The flowers are typically blue and thrive in the greenhouse or conservatory, but may also be grown as an annual in a sunny border or patio. Given the right conditions indoors, Cobaea scandens can flower all year long.

Cobaea scandens f. alba has clear white flowers. It's a rampant climber, and will quickly scramble up a trellis or obelisk. For best results grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, or in containers on the patio or in the greenhouse or conservatory. If protected from frost in winter, Cobaea scandens f. alba may survive, and could even continue flowering. It makes an excellent cut flower.

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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