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Snail Vine

Vigna caracalla

Intriguing snail shell-shaped blooms start out white and unfurl to purple-pink. This perennial vine provides attractive cover for fences and walls in frost-free regions. Plant where its faint hyacinth-like fragrance can be enjoyed, climbing up an arbor or trellis, or spilling over a patio tub or rock wall. Semi-evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationVIG-nuh kar-uh-KAL-uh
Average Size at MaturityTwining stems quickly reach 15 to 20 ft. long.
Bloom TimeMidsummer to Early Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Green Wall
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus); Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis); Dracaena Palm (Cordyline); Salvia (Salvia); Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum)

Provide well-drained soil. Thrives in warm, humid conditions. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Protect from harsh winter conditions.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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