UP AND SAUCER VINE
Latin name: Cobaea scandens
Known as Mexican Climbing Cobaea when it was introduced in 1792, this vine develops flowers that are a show unto themselves. They start out as green, five-cornered, papery buds, then open to reveal the green saucer and bell-shaped flower. The pale green flower becomes striped with violet, finally changing to deep purple before dropping off. The foliage and tendrils are shaded with violet and are beautiful from spring to late fall freezes.
BLOOM TIME:from mid spring through early autumn
PLANTING TIME:early spring
ZONES:3 through 11
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS PLANT:Its unusual flowers and long bloom season
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:Needs plenty of room to sprawl