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Cobaea scandens

Cup and saucer plant

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Pernilla Bergdahl, copyright GAP Photos (80300)

Plant details

Sometimes called cathedral bells, this vigorous and irrepressible vine is a native of tropical America, where it grows as a strong woody perennial. 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. Plants have a tropical appearance, with lush foliage and 8cm (3in) flowers with prominent stamens. Once fully open, they are sweetly fragrant.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cobaeaceae

Genus: Cobaea

Species: scandens

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: July to October


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