|Description||This vigorously spreading and climbing vine displays attractive, blue-green foliage. Dangling stalks of chocolate-scented, deep purple flowers add to the show. Produces interesting, elongated seed pods if another akebia is planted nearby. Creates a quick cover for arbors in warm winter regions; slower growing in colder regions. Semi-evergreen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moderately moist.|
|Mature Size||Twining stems reach 20 to 25 ft. long, with support.|
|Landscape Use||Container, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Ground Cover|
|Design Ideas||Often used as evergreen background trained on fence, trellis or wall in milder climates. Deciduous in less temperate regions. May be allowed to sprawl as groundcover. Exceptional choice for tropical looks and fantasy gardens.|
|Companion Plants||Clematis (Clematis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)|
|Care||Grows easily in most soil types; thrives in moist, well-drained, sandy loam. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer monthly to lean soils. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size.|
|Lore||This vine in the only genus of the Lardizabalaceae in cultivation today.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9
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