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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.

Lapageria rosea
Chilean Glory Vine 
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5 seeds 2.49  JS994

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A difficult, but spectacular, cool conservatory climber with lovely bell shaped waxy pink flowers. It needs to be protected from high temperatures and hard sun, but not allowed to go below freezing. It likes well drained rich slightly acid soil and must not be kept too wet at any time. The roots also dislike disturbance.

Macfadyena unguis-cati
Cat Claw Ivy 
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10 seeds 2.95  JS1212

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A strong growing evergreen climbing vine from Central America that loses some leaves in cold weather and maybe hardy to -5C. Large solitary, bright yellow, funnel-shaped flowers contrasting with the glossy green leaves in early summer makes an impressive show. Bignoniaceae family. This is an excellent alternative to growing Allamanda for cooler climates but beware it is extremely invasive in warmer climates to 30 metres, self clinging to any building, wall etc.

Mandevilla sauveolens
Chilean Jasmine n]
10 seeds 3.95   JS317

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A beautiful scented climber with dark green leaves and white trumpet shaped flowers like a larger version of jasmine. My father has been growing a beautiful specimen on an outside wall in London for about 20 years, which he prunes back each year after flowering.

Mansoa hymenaea
Garlic Vine n]
5 seeds 2.95   JS2645

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The garlic vine is a large woody, flowering climber that is often featured in tropical garden books. A member of the Bignoniaceae family, known via a range of synonymous botanical names but best referred to as Mansoa hymenaea. This pretty flowering vine with bright pink flowers is a native to tropical South America, from Mexico to Brazil that climbs by tendrils.

Mina lobata Exotic Love
Firecracker Vine n
10 seeds 1.89   JS636 

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A member of the Ipomoea family with sprays of red/yellow flowers. I find this an excellent plant also grown through other shrubs that look tired with no flowers at the end of the summer. Give it plenty of sun and water and it will produce a spectacular display. To 5ft if trained up a frame.

Mina lobata Jungle Queen
Firecracker Vine n
10 seeds 2.25   JS3270 

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Mina lobata Jungle Queen has brighter contrasting coloured flowers than the type, is free flowering and ideal for baskets withstanding hot dry conditions. A member of the Ipomoea family with sprays of red/yellow flowers. I find this an excellent plant also grown through other shrubs that look tired with no flowers at the end of the summer. Give it plenty of sun and water and it will produce a spectacular display. To 5ft if trained up a frame.

Mucuna Pruriens
Velvet Bean n
10 seeds 3.16   JS1739

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A fast growing tropical vine to 60 ft. with large leaves and purple flowers in huge clusters. Has 3 inch velvety pods filled with marbled beans. The seeds, pods and young leaves are edible, but require special treatment to render them non-toxic. A valuable soil improver, and cattle forage. The plant is also used for its rare medicinal properties and forms the basis of over 200 formulations.

Pandorea jasminoides
Pandorea n
15 seeds 2.95   JS367

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An interesting conservatory climber which has a very similar habit and leaves to jasmine, the difference is the large 2" to 3" flowers of pale pink. My stock plants exhibit strong growth and continues to grow in cool conditions.

Pandorea jasminoides Alba
White Pandorea n
15 seeds 2.95   JS3386

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interesting conservatory climber which has a very similar habit and leaves to jasmine, the difference is the large 2" to 3" pure white flowers. My own plants exhibit strong growth and continue to grow in cool conditions.

Pandorea Pandorana
Wonga Wonga Vine n]
10 seeds 2.95   JS1271

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What a great name for this evergreen climber from Australia with handsome fern like foliage. Can be grown outside in mild areas or makes a spectacular conservatory climber. The tubular bell shaped flowers are creamy white with purple spotted markings and are borne in large clusters from late winter to early spring. Young growth is rich bronze in colour and matures into large glossy deep green leaves. Plant in a good rich free draining soil in full sun. Hardy to about minus 5C once established.

Passiflora Actinia n
10 seeds 2.10   JS2066

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Quite a cool tolerant passion flower surviving short mild frosts it has edible 4" - 5" yellow fruits. Passiflora actinia resembles a combination of Passiflora caerula and Passiflora edulis. The coloration is of light purple, dark purple and white.

Passiflora alata n
5 seeds 2.10   JS638

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Another excellent vigorous passion flower, similar in appearance to quadrangularis but with larger more open leaves. Seems to grow really well from seed but probably into the second year for flowers. Bears edible fruits that are said to be excellent.

Passiflora caerulea
Hardy Passion Flower n]]
15seeds  1.85   JS63

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Passiflora caerulea is quite a popular plant easily grown from seed if you want to give it a try. I think the flowers are beautiful and it makes a rampant climber covered most of the summer in cold blue flowers that contrast well with the dark green leaves. These are followed by yellow fruits that are not edible but nevertheless look attractive as autumn approaches. Prefers a warm wall if possible.

Passiflora coccinea
Scarlet Passion Flower n
10 seeds 2.95   JS3377

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A fast growing vine, bearing striped, 2 cm passion fruits with edible pulp. Its beautiful dark red flowers share similarities with those of Passiflora vitifolia but less expensive to source.

Passiflora edulis
Edible Passion Fruit n
10 seeds 2.55   JS86

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This is the best and hardiest variety if you want your own Passion fruits to eat; the flowers although attractive are not spectacular. The vine is vigorous with deeply lobed large leaves and very suitable for conservatory growth. I am giving my own plants a trial this year inside and out, just to see how they fair through a reasonable summer and from a mid spring sowing.

Passiflora foetida
"Running Pop"  n
10 seeds 1.95   JS3469

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An annual Passiflora that grows quickly over hedges and bushes in tropical conditions. The stems are thin and wiry supporting small 5cm pretty white passion flowers with a pink centre. The unusual fruits look a bit like love in a mist seed pods, turning red when ripe.

Passiflora incarnata
Maypops n
10 seeds 2.55   JS2771

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Passiflora incarnata, or Maypop, is a deciduous vine and the cold hardiest of the Passion flower family reaching 13 feet in length with deeply lobed leaves and large purple fringed flowers. They are hardy in the USA to zones 6-9 but best in the UK grown in a cool greenhouse to prevent winter root rot. Move the plants to a cool frost free glass house for the winter gradually withholding water until all foliage dies off, when the plant should be trimmed back. When new growth starts in the spring, repot and resume watering.

Passiflora ligularis
Sweet Granadilla n
10 seeds 2.55   JS2312

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Ranking close to Passiflora edulis in popular appeal and potential, the sweet granadilla is a vigorous, strong grower vine. The pale purple blue flowers have a sweet and musky odour, followed by (if you're lucky!) long, green, purple blushed fruits. Has to be worth a try?

Passiflora maliformis
Sweet Calabash n
10 seeds 2.95   JS3727

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Passiflora maliformis a native of the Carribean is cultivated for its beautiful fragrant flowers and delicious aromatic sweet yellowish fruit. It is a woody climber than can reach 10 m lenght in its native habitat but can be grown as a container plant. It climbs by tendrills sprouting from the leaf axils and the leaves are ovate not lobed. Like Alata it is best having a restricted root run or it just keeps growing without any flowers!

Passiflora mollisima
The Banana Passion n
10 seeds 3.16   JS62

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This pretty coral pink passion flower from mountain regions is of the vine leaf type, with strong growth if given a warm sunny wall. It grows well in our UK summers disliking high temperatures unlike most of its cousins. The name derives from its long yellow fruits like a squat banana which also taste delicious, dont get too excited though, you are unlikely to get it to fruit in the UK. The plant will make 20 to 30 given ample root room and water but it needs a good flower feed with reduced nitrogen content, or it will just make leafy growth.

Passiflora quadrangularis
Purple Granadillan
10 seeds 3.82   JS172

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My all time favourite passion flower with large leaves and huge purple flowers with a very heavy scent that just has to be appreciated with your own nose. I have never managed to get any of my plants to set fruit (the giant granadilla which is said to be delicious) but who cares, the flowers are magnificent. Really only suitable for the conservatory but beware, when looked after it will become very rampant!

Passiflora Species Mixed
Mixed Passion Flowers n
10 seeds 3.16   JS2471

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Our special mix of Passion Flowers with a wide range of forms and colour. If you love Passion Flowers like me, then here is your chance to grow something really different.

Prestonia mollis
"Babeiro"
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10 seeds 2.95   JS3619

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An evergreen tropical climbing vine from South America up to 10ft with shiny dark green leaves and attractive greenish yellow flowers with long tube and windmill-like arranged petals in axillary clusters. Needs all year round warmth so best in a heated glass house with minimum winter temperatures of 15C and not over watered in winter.

Rhodochiton atrosanguineum
Purple Bells n
10 seeds 3.16   JS1244

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An exciting tender perennial climber for baskets or a shady trellis. To 10' producing masses of bell-shaped maroon-purple pendent flowers. The 2" heart-shaped leaves edged in purple add to the attraction of this lovely vine. It blooms best in bright shade throughout the summer. Treat as an annual or protect from frost in winter to keep for another year.

Solandra maxima

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Chalice Vinells n
5 seeds 3.95   JS2999

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A fast growing very large tropical climber, only suitable for large conservatories, that bears massive yellow flowers the size of dinner plates. An excellent specimen can be seen at Wisley in their tropical House. The large yellow cup shaped flower gives the plant its common name. Seed is very rare to find hence I can only spare 5 seeds per order.

Sollya heterophylla
Blue Bell Creeper n]
20 seeds 2.47   JS1257

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A lovely delicate twining climber, hardy and adaptable, tolerating light frosts, partial shade or full sun and can stand seasonal dry periods once established. While preferring lighter soils, the plants will establish in heavier soils provided drainage is good. Excellent as a conservatory or pot plant and it can be trained as a small shrub producing the delicate bright blue flowers most of the summer.

Stephanotis floribunda

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Madagascar Jasmine n
10 seeds 1.95  JS375

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Probably my favourite tropical climber with pristine waxy white flowers that smell absolutely gorgeous. It is a simple leathery tough leaved vine that likes heat and not drying out at the roots. Not so easy from seed as cuttings but well worth trying out. A large plant grown over a climbing framework in a heated conservatory will permeate your house with an exquisite heavy perfume in the evenings.

Tecoma stans
Trumpet Bush n
10 seeds  2.87   JS716

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A member of the Bignonia family which is more of a scrambling shrub than a climber but with typical Bignonia terminal racemes of flowers. Stans has bright yellow 2 funnel shaped flowers in panicles to 6 long. From Argentina and Guatemala it will need a minimum of 10C in winter. If you can grow this one it should be a real eye catcher. I have wanted to grow it for years but could not find a seed source and we are excited to be able to now offer seed of this rare plant.

Thunbergia Alata African Sunset
Black Eyed Susan n
10 seeds  4.23   JS995

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An exciting new F1 vigorous selection of this popular trailing annual for baskets or bedding. Colours range from deep brick red to cream with pink, orange and yellow shades in between some with picotee edges or striped.

Thunbergia Alata Mixed
Mixed Black Eyed Susan n
20 seeds  1.95   JS2974

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An excellent mix of this popular annual vine in shades of orange, yellow and creamy white all with dark eyes.

Thunbergia grandiflora
Blue
Trumpet Vine n
5 seeds  3.95   JS265

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For the first time in 10 years we have managed to source some of these seeds again, so don't miss out on the opportunity! Thunbergia Grandiflora, is a rampant woody stemmed perennial climber with lovely pale to mid blue trumpet flowers born in clusters throughout most of the summer. Hardy down to just above freezing it is ideal for over wintering in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. Grown up a suitable framework it makes a lovely show under glass or outside in a sheltered location for the summer.

Thunbergia grandiflora white
White Trumpet Vine n
5 seeds  3.95   JS1134

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A pure white strain of Thunbergia grandiflora, a woody stemmed perennial climber with large 3" white trumpet flowers born in clusters that contrast beautifully with the very dark green foliage. Hardy down to just above freezing it is ideal for over wintering in a cold greenhouse or conservatory. Grown up a suitable framework it makes a lovely show in a conservatory or greenhouse flowering throughout most of the summer. (Not frost hardy)

Tropaeolum peregrinum
Canary Creeper  n]
15 seeds  1.45   JS2873

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A popular robust climber from South America that can grow to 12ft during the summer season and is attractive to butterflies. Prefers full sun or partial shade and ideal for growing up tall fences or walls with attractive bright yellow flowers. Grown as an annual in the UK and planted out after all frosts have finished. Recently shown on the Gardeners World program.

Vigna caracalla Violet Fantasy
Snail Vine n
5 seeds  2.49   JS1447

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A rare South American climber with attractive blue sweet pea type flowers on a controllable vine, excellent for conservatory or patio. The name of snail vine comes from the curious flower buds that resemble a slug or snail before opening. We find the plant susceptible to spider mite in dry conditions but otherwise an easy rampant vine.

 

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Germination --- Easy n, Moderate n and Challenging n

Backlog for Fresh Seed --- u     New Seeds not in Catalogue ---

Hardiness --- ] (To -5C) ]] (To -10C) ]]] (To -15C) 

Growing Symbols ---  Sunny position Shady position S  Lots of Water