Also known as monastery bells, this quick-growing vine has 2″ cup-shaped flowers that open a beautiful pale green and mature to violet purple. Sow near arbors, fences, pergolas, or trellises for a quick privacy screen and sweetly scented air. Pinch back tips to encourage branching and achieve desired height. Generally pest free. Grown as an annual although perennial in USDA zones 9 and warmer, and can eventually reach 70'. Can be grown in containers.
Botanical Name: Cobaea scandens
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9 and warmer, otherwise grown as an annual. Established plants will withstand light frost.
Plant Dimensions: 24″-36″ wide and 10'-70' tall, climbing vine
Variety Information: 2″ bell-shaped flowers open pale green and mature to violet purple.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Midsummer to frost
Attributes: Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperatures are warm.
When to Start Inside: Recommended in cold climates. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°-75°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–30 days
Seed Depth: ¼”–½”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24″–36″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 24″–36″