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Tropical Vines

Nothing is quite like a stunning tropical climber or tropical vine amongst summer bedding or growing up a warm house wall. They always bring happy memories of holidays in the Caribbean and their sheer exuberance and rampant growth can be surprising even in our luke warm summers. Not many are really hardy, although Passiflora Caerulea is root hardy and the vine stems can stand up to -10˚C given a protected wall. Similarly Campsis Radicans can just about tolerate -10˚C given similar protection. Another alternative is to grow fast growing perennial tropical climbers as annuals, and if sown early can become quite a show piece. If you are lucky enough to have a heated conservatory or greenhouse the range of tropical climbers you can try growing is simply stunning.

Actinidia arguta "Issai"
Hardy Kiwi Fruit
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10 seeds 1.95   JS3288 

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Actinidia arguta Issai is a self-fertile variety of the mini-kiwi. Unlike the species it does not need a male and a female plant to produce fruit. It bears smooth-skinned fruit of the same taste and shape like kiwi but smaller to 4 or 5 cm. They are green and ripen gradually from the end of September until end October and the sweetest when picked after they have softened a little. Kiwis need a sunny and warm site with semi-fertile, acidic, fresh soil. This variety is a small vine than the normal Kiwi and was bred to sustain frosts of up to -29C - even that should be enough for our recent winters!

Actinidia chinensis
Kiwi Fruit
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Aprx 30 seeds 2.29   JS316 

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A really attractive vine with large heart shaped leaves and deep red furry stems of all new growth. It makes an interesting climber growing up through a large shrub, small tree or over a fence. Cold hardy in the UK down to -15C, but if you want to produce fruit you will need more than one plant as they are either male or female plants. You will also need a hot summer!

Actinidia kolomikta
Variegated Kiwi Vine
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Aprx 30 seeds 2.29   JS2913 

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This variegated Kiwi plant is a deciduous vine with new foliage that starts out purple and develops into large, stunning pink, green and white leaves at maturity on male plants. Fully hardy but can be caught by late spring frosts. A twiner that can be trained to trellises or fences, this is a 'must have' for variegated plant collectors.

Akebia quinata
Chocolate Vine 
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10 seeds 2.47  JS600

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From the forest margins of East Asia comes this unusual climbing vine. Bearing fragrant purplish flowers in pendant racemes all summer. Useful to grow up a trellis or for trying something unusual in your hanging basket?

Allamanda blanchetii
Purple Trumpet Vine 
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10 seeds 2.95  JS1105

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This variety of Allamanda is covered with purple trumpet shaped blooms up to five inches across. The light green, glossy leaves are produced on slender, green, twining stems turning woody with age. Needs a warm (15C) conservatory or greenhouse over winter. A very rare and difficult to source seed.

Allamanda cathartica
Yellow Trumpet Vine 
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10 seeds 2.95  JS1104

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The Allamanda commonly seen all over the tropics covered with bright yellow trumpet shaped blooms up to five inches across. The light green, glossy leaves are produced on slender, green, twining stems turning woody with age. Needs a warm (15C) conservatory or greenhouse over winter. A very rare and difficult to source seed.

Antigonon leptopus
Chinese Love Vine n
10 seeds 2.29   JS170

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A beautiful tropical climber easily raised from seed, often used in warmer climates planted in hanging baskets. Racemes of soft pink flowers on a self clinging vine which can become invasive in tropical climates. My own plant grown from seed last year and now in a hanging basket started flowering late August but flowering may start earlier on more mature plants, in any case the foliage alone makes it worth growing.

Aristolochia elegans
Dutchman's Pipe n
10 seeds 3.18   JS327

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Unusual woody stemmed climbers with large purplish flowers and large oval leaves. Needs to be greenhouse or conservatory grown with a minimum of 10C in winter when the plant needs to be kept on the dry side. Very unusual vine that makes a great talking point. The plant in the picture flowering in its second year from our seed.

Aristolochia gigantea
Giant Dutchman's Pipe n
10 seeds 3.95   JS3275

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Aristolochia gigantea or Giant Dutchmans Pipe is a vigorous climber with remarkable, huge flowers up to 30 cm long and 15 cm wide. very similar to grandiflora but slightly smaller and less smelly! The pale bright green leaves are often heart-shaped and the flowers appear singly or in groups coloured a dark purplish red with cream-coloured veins.

This quick growing vine can climb 20 meters high in tropical conditions but can be kept back to a sensible size with careful pruning. Quite cool tolerant tough vine so suitable for a cool conservatory or greenhouse kept at above 10C in winter.

Aristolochia ringens
Gaping Dutchman's Pipe n
10 seeds 3.18   JS2900

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Unusual fast growing, strange, nepethes-like woody vine with large and ornate purplish flowers. Quick growing to 20 or 30ft, and cool hardy down to just above frost level. It does well in low light conditions and therefore can be grown indoors or in conservatories. The pretty flowers will sometimes have a smelly fragrance, but the scent doesn't drift from the flower and grows well in pot

Argyreia nervosa
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose  n
10 pea sized seeds 2.49   JS1500

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A native of eastern India and Bangladesh, this vigorous twiner will grow 30ft (9 m) or more into the treetops, but can be trained over a post or stump and kept trimmed to a mound like form. A dense white down covers both young stems and leaf undersides. Tight clusters of trumpet-shaped bright lilac flowers about 2 in (5 cm) across on pedicels to 6 inches long appear among the foliage in spring and summer. In a tropical climate cultivation is simple, the plants making very vigorous growth in a sunny position in moist soil. In cooler climates they can be grown in a sunny conservatory, but due to their rampant growth will need frequent cutting back. We photographed this one in Barbados growing through a tree, absolutely covered in flowers.

Beaumontia grandiflora
Herald's Trumpet n
5 seeds 3.20   JS1781

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This is a fast growing long leaved heavy woody vine to 20 ft. with huge 6" fragrant white trumpet flowers. The leaves are lush and tropical looking. An established vine may take a light frost but not much more. You will need plenty of space and a large conservatory for this lovely scrambling climber that needs a hot position and full sun.

Campsis radicans
Trumpet Vine n]]
15 seeds 3.18  JS67

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Seen in Spain and southern France this climber runs amok over roof tops and trellises. It is surprisingly hardy and even in my bitter central Oxford location they have survived for about 10 years now. Some years they get cut back more than others but our late spring frosts do most of the damage because of the rising sap. The foliage is very attractive with large pinnate frondy leaves which contrast well with the rich orange red flowers held in trumpet clusters during late summer and autumn. For a permanent tropical looking vine this has to be the best one to choose.

Campsis radicans Flava
Yellow Trumpet Vine n]]
10 seeds 3.18  JS2995

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A rare yellow variety of the Trumpet Vine, It is just as hardy as the orange/red form. Some years they get cut back more than others by late spring frosts in colder areas but given the protection of a warm house wall they are reliably hardy. The foliage is very attractive with large pinnate frondy leaves which contrast well with the rich gold yellow flowers of Flava.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae

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Bleeding Heart Vine n]]
5 seeds 2.95  JS3406

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Clerodendrum thomsoniae is an unusual conservatory shrubby climber from Africa that you do not see very often. If pruned correctly it will erupt into sprays of pure white flowers, with scarlet crimson centres that last for weeks and weeks. Seeds rarely offered!

Clitoria ternatea
Butterfly Pea n
10 seeds  2.87   JS991

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Fast growing tropical climbing perennial that produces 2 inch blue flowers in mid to late Summer. They provide quick cover for lattice, trellis, arbour and chain-link fence, and are a favourite food source for butterflies

Clitoria ternatea Double Blue
Butterfly Pea Double Blue Form n
10 seeds  2.95   JS1656

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Fast growing tropical climbing perennial that produces lovely 2 inch double blue flowers in mid to late Summer. They provide quick cover for lattice, trellis, arbour and chain-link fence, and are a favourite food source for butterflies.

Clitoria ternatea mixed
Butterfly Pea - Blue, Lavender & White n
10 seeds  2.95   JS2984

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Fast growing tropical climbing perennial that produces 2 inch flowers in mid to late Summer in shades of blue white and pink. They provide quick cover for lattice, trellis, arbour and chain-link fence, and are a favourite food source for butterflies.

Cobaea scandens
Cup & Saucer Vine n
10 seeds 3.11

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Cobaea Scandens also known as the "Cup and Saucer Vine," is a tender native of Central and South America. The flowers start very pale greenish-white, turning to purple blue or pure white in the white form. Although a perennial it does well as an annual in the UK, climbing up most things with sticky fine tendrils. Fast growing given an early start.

Dolichos LabLab Ruby Glow
Hyacinth Bean n
10 seeds 2.99   JS1311

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A different climber to impress your neighbours with, this climbing bean that can be grown just like a climbing french bean has the attraction of purple foliage and beautiful pea type scented lavender flowers. These are followed by outstanding purple to red shiny attractive bean pods. The beans are edible but only after repeated cooking and draining of the water so please do not try this. Easy to grow in a warm sunny position reaching a maximum of 15ft. Although a perennial it is best treated as an annual in the UK. (An unusual plant name that keeps repeating itself in my head like a bad song - the other one is the Wonga Wonga Vine - sad isn't it?)

Eccremocarpus scaber
Chilean Glory Flower n]]
Aprx 50 seeds 1.78   JS348

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Chilean glory flower is a scrambling climber hardy in most parts of the country on a warm wall. Clusters of small tubular orange to red flowers cover the vine all summer. Easily grown climber.

Eccremocarpus scaber Tresco Mix
Chilean Glory Flower n]]
Aprx 50 seeds 1.89   JS2021

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A fabulous mix of the Chilean glory flower in shades of yellow, orange, red and coral pink. A scrambling climber hardy in most parts of the country on a warm wall. Clusters of small tubular flowers cover the vine all summer. Easily grown climber

Gloriosa lutea

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Yellow
Glory Flower n]]
10 seeds 3.20   JS3491

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Gloriosa lutea is a beautiful climbing Lily with stunning bright yellow flowers. Best grown each year from the fat underground tubers, which are delicate and need storing dry in a warm place indoors before starting into growth again the following spring. Easily grown from seed though it will attain 5ft to 6ft in a large pot in a sunny position given rich soil.

Gloriosa rothschildiana
Chilean Glory Flower n]]
10 seeds 3.20   JS351

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A beautiful climbing Lily with stunning crimson and yellow flowers. Best grown each year from the fat underground tubers, which are delicate and need storing dry in a warm place indoors before starting into growth again the following spring. Easily grown from seed it will attain 5ft to 6ft in a large pot in a sunny position given rich soil.

Hardenbergia violacea
Purple Coral Pea n]
10 seeds 2.10   JS993

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A very attractive tropical vine from West Australia that can tolerate frost to -5˚C when established but best as a conservatory climber where it loves hot dry conditions. Flowers held in racemes mainly in winter and spring, often creating a stunning picture, used in USA gardens in semi desert locations.

Hardenbergia violacea var Rosea
Rosy Coral Pea n]
10 seeds 2.10   JS1501

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A rare pink form of this evergreen shrubby twiner to 10 feet, with narrow, dark green leaves. Has rosy 1/2 flowers in 6 racemes

Ipomoea hederifolia
Scarlet Ipomoea n
10 seeds 2.29   JS1133

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A rare small scarlet flowered annual Ipomoea from the Philippines that has masses of small bright scarlet flowers on a very vigorous plant. Easy to germinate from seed and in last year's trials it proved to be one of the largest Ipomoea plants that we grew, completely smothering an old iron gate.

Ipomoea palmata
Mile a Minute Vine n
10 seeds 2.95   JS3400

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This fast growing tropical perennial vine has palmate leaves and large, showy white to lavender flowers turning a deeper pink colour with age. A native of Africa and Asia it has become a noxious weed in introduced tropical areas like the USA and Australia. Well worth a try though as a conservatory annual or bedding outside in a warm sheltered location for the summer after an early season seed sowing.

Ipomoea Mixed
Ipomoea tricolor / Ipomoea purpurea mix n
20 seeds 1.78   JS66

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AIpomoea's are all tropical relatives to our bind weed! But do not worry they are only half hardy annuals! If sown early from seed in a warm greenhouse in February heavenly blue will make reasonable growth and be ready for planting out in a warm sheltered position in late May. It can make 6' to 10' growth given plenty of water and food and looks stunning if grown through a loose shrub or together with another climber like a climbing rose where the flowers appear after the rose has had its main flush. These are easy to raise if you soak the hard seed for 24 hours before sowing. The trumpet shaped flowers of a vibrant sky blue colour between 4" to 5" across bloom and die each day - hence the name. Heavenly Blue is one of the most attractive Ipomoeas but it will need a really warm position to do well and is often slow to get started into strong growth. Why not try a mixture of Ipomea species and colours, some pink, blue, or purple? Pick out the ones you like and save the seed for following years.

If you are interested in the perennial "Ipomoea Indica" see our plants section.

Ipomoea Carnevale de Venezia
Striped Morning Glory n
20 seeds 1.78   JS2980

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You won't find a more fascinating morning glory than Carnevale di Venezia. The flowers are white with stripes of varying widths that range from pink to violet-blue. Each flower in this mix is unique.

Ipomoea Chinese Yellow
Yellow Perennial Ipomoea n
20 seeds 1.90   JS282

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An unusual perennial Ipomoea from China and Asia that has lovely 2" yellow flowers in the spring. It is a tender plant with soft hairy leaves that will need to be overwintered in a greenhouse. Slow to germinate from seed, unlike the annual varieties.

Ipomoea purpurea (Crimson Rambler)
Crimson Morning Glory n
20 seeds 1.78   JS65

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A lovely variant of the Morning Glory with crimson flowers and a white throat. Makes an excellent climber and contrasts well with Heavenly Blue. My own trials of this plant indicate a more robust habit than Heavenly Blue but with slightly smaller flowers. However its prolific nature soon makes up for that!

Ipomoea purpurea (Grandpa Ott)
Hardy Annual Ipomoea n]
20 seeds 1.78   JS1215

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A popular cultivar that has been around for many years purple with deep purple flowers and a crimson throat. A glorious rampant dark purple Ipomoea that even re-grows each year in my garden from self sown seed. Prolific flowering and often the first to flower. Does well even in indifferent summers

Ipomoea quamoclit
Cypress Vine n
20 seeds 2.42   JS752

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A member of the Ipomoea family from Tropical South America bearing clusters of scarlet flowers on slender vines that may reach 20ft in a season.

Ipomoea Tricolor Heavenly Blue
Morning Glory n
20 seeds 1.78   JS64

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The tropical relative to our bind weed! But do not worry this one is a half hardy annual. If sown early from seed in a warm Greenhouse in February it will make reasonable growth and be ready for planting out in a warm sheltered position in late May. It can make 6' to 10' growth given plenty of water and food and looks stunning if grown through a loose shrub or together with another climber like a climbing rose where the flowers appear after the rose has had it's main flush. These are easy to raise if you soak the hard seed for 24 hours before sowing. The trumpet shaped flowers of a vibrant sky blue colour between 4" to 5" across bloom and die each day - hence the name.

Ipomoea White
White Moon Flowers n

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We have two varieties to choose from, Ipomoea alba, (also called the Moon Vine) a very large scented white Ipomoea really suitable for indoors cultivation than outside. My own trials outside did not do so well alongside other varieties and appears to need more heat, although feedback from customers has been the opposite with rampant growth. The other is a tricolor hybrid called Pearly Gates and more of a manageable sized free flowering Ipomoea.

Ipomoea x imperialis Sunrise Serenade
A flore pleno version of Ipomoea purpurea n
20 seeds 2.34   JS1216

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An unusual old morning glory variety from Victorian days that has come back in fashion. Lovely deep pink and white, semi double flowers that make it quite unique. This proved to be a rampant and strong plant in our 2005 seed trials.

 

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