This climber is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: fast-growing
Flowering period: July to September
Hardiness: frost hardy -10C
Impressively large (up to 10cm across) exotic-looking flowers, appear from midsummer on the slender stems of this semi-evergreen tendril climber. The flowers have a light scent and are sought-after by pollinating insects. It will be happiest on a sheltered wall where it gets some protection form the worst of the winter weather. Alternatively grow it in a cool conservatory of greenhouse.
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