Vigna caracalla / Phaseolus caracalla

Snail Vine
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Plant Type

Vine

Evergreen-Deciduous

Semi-Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Large

Mature Height & Spread

Vine to 15-20′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

Purple

Bloom Time

Summer, Fall

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit

Spreading

Sunset Garden Zones

12-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

9A-11

Fast-growing, tender, semi-evergreen vine with stems to 15-20’ long if supported. This heat loving, long-time garden favorite is revered for its quick-growing nature, lush-looking foliage and unique flower form. Soft, twining, rich-green foliage is accented with unique, spiraled, snail-like white buds opening to coiled, mildly-fragrant, lavender-purple flowers that appear during the warmer months of the year, most prominently in summer. These eye-catching and uniquely-interesting flowers attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Well-suited for fences, trellises or arbors, as well as making a fine container specimen. Performs best with regular watering in a well-drained soil, and thrives in a full to partial sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 9A-11
Sunset Zone: 12-24, H1, H2

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