Vigorously spreading and climbing vine displays attractive, bluish-green foliage. Dangling stalks of fragrant, deep purple flowers add to the show. Produces interesting, elongated seed pods if another akebia is planted nearby. Fast cover for arbors. Semi-evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-KEE-bee-a kwi-NAH-taPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 24, 29 - 43Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Stems reach 20 to 25 ft. long.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesFragrantDesign IdeasOften used as evergreen background trained on fence, trellis or wall. May be allowed to sprawl as groundcover. Exceptional choice for tropical looks and fantasy gardens.Companion PlantsClematis (Clematis); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Coneflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This vine was first classified by French Botanist Decasine in the 19th century from the given name for the plant by the Japanese. Robert Fortune introduced it as Rajania into Britain in 1845.Lore:This vine in the only genus of the Lardizabalaceae in cultivation today.