Syn. Petrea arborea, Petrea racemosa, Petrea mexicana, Petrea erecta

Common name: Purple wreath, Queen's wreath, Sandpaper vine

Native to: Central America

 

Native to Central America, Petrea is a lovely small climber with drooping long racemes of delicate violet-purple star-like flowers. It is a semi-shrub and semi-climber and the small wooden trunk develops artistic curves over the years. The flowers come in raceme, sometimes reaching over 1 foot long. The true flower, which is purple, lasts a couple of days but the blue bracts remain much longer, slowly turning gray.

Petrea volubilis

Ksh500.00Price
  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun to partial shade; best in full sun

    Flowers: Racemes of delicate violet-purple star-like flowers

    Fragrance: No

    Foliage: Evergreen, siimple, oval-shaped grey-green leaves with a sandpapery feel

    Growth habit: Climbing, woody vine or shrub (when not supported)

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 6 metres (with aid of support)

    Spread: Up to 2 metres

    Soil requirements: Prefers fertile, moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched. 

    Uses: Dark green foliage and prolific flower display. Does well on fences, arches, gazebos, trellis, walls and as an accent plant, in containers, in planters and on structures.

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