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Fallopia baldschuanica

Mile-a-minute vine

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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

Also known as Polygonum baldshuanicum, this has long wiry stems sparsely clad with smallish leaves. The flowers are long airy sprays of creamy white bracts that almost cover the plants from midsummer to autumn. Plants grow at a tremendous rate, and can put on over 4m (13ft) in a year, which makes them ideal for covering eyesores like outbuildings, or screen walls, quickly. Grow them up frameworks of posts and netting or along chain link fencing for a fast boundary 'hedge' that needs little clipping. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Fallopia

Species: baldschuanica

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1200cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Reader reviews


DO NOT grow this unless you can keep under control it is extremely invasive and difficult to get rid of wants to have it!


I love this plant, perfect for covering a large shed or outbuilding.

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