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.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade; best in full sun
Flowers: Racemes of delicate violet-purple star-like flowers
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.