• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly; maintain evenly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Twining climber, reaches 12 ft. tall if supported.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Flowers
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hol-BEL-lee-uh brak-ee-AN-druh
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Twining climber, reaches 12 ft. tall if supported.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Companion PlantsTurtlehead (Chelone); Bee Balm (Monarda); Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia); Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained, humus-rich soil, shelter from harsh winds. Support with an arbor or trellis. Water regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize regularly during the growing season. Lightly prune tips to shape; leave newer stems to mature for next years bloom.Pruning time: summer, just after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly; maintain evenly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is a distinctive selection of the species Holboellia brachyandra, from seed collected in the highest mountains in Vietnam by plant explorer Daniel J. Hinkley. Closely related to and similar in habit to Stauntonia. The species was originally introduced as H. chapaensis.
    Lore:
    Holboellia is commonly called sausage vine because of their bright purple or pink sausage-shaped, edible fruit, somewhat resembling a sausage. The are a member of the Lardizabalaceae, which also includes the fragrant Akebia (chocolate vine), and Decaisnia.