Tuesday, August 6, 2013

HELP ME IDENTIFY THIS BEAUTIFUL PINK FLOWERING VINE

Do you know the name of this flowering vine?
Years ago, I was driving through an older neighborhood and saw this vine growing on a fence.  It was sooo beautiful and in full bloom.  I knocked on the homeowner's door and asked about the vine.  She didn't know the name.  She said a friend gave her some seeds a long time ago and she's always let it grow on that fence.  I asked if she would share some seeds with me.  Months later, she called and had a large sack of seeds for me.


It is similar to a wisteria, but the leaves are very different.  It is a legume.  The large seed pods look almost like a large okra and have several beans inside.


All of these little green flower buds look like a stalk of bananas and will turn into the large pink flowers.  Then, as the flowers have dropped off, a seed pod will start growing.
I love vines and really love this one.  I've planted it in several places because I never want to lose it.  It's very hardy and comes back, year after year, no matter how bad the past summer was.
Can you help me identify this vine??

15 comments:

  1. Sorry I don't know the name of your vine. If you cut a few leaves and flowers off and take it to the Nursery they should be able to tell you what it is. Most Nursery's have a big plant book.
    It's beautiful and looks great. Please be sure to tell us what it is if you find out.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you for the advice. I will send a photo of it to my friend who works at my favorite nursery, Shades of Green. They do have a huge old book of plants and they helped me identify the butterfly pea vine a few years back. This is a link to my nature blog and there were several comments there, too. http://birdsanddaffodilsbylyndabergman.blogspot.com/

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    1. I don't think so. But, when I finally get the name, I'll share it.

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    2. Flowers look like Canyon Sweetpea, leaves not so much.

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    3. Yes, they really do. I googled canyon sweetpea. From all of my searching, it seems many of the "legume" flowers are similar. The clusters and the leaves are mostly different.

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  3. I think it's a Hyacinthe Bean vine - we saw them growing at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello several years ago - if it works - here's a picture by following this link http://ca.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu8Hs9gJSAlQA.2DrFAx.?p=Hyacinthe%20Vine%20pictures&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-715&rd=r1

    I'd love to grwo these but I think it's too frail for our Ontario winters

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    1. I'm pretty sure it's not a hyacinth bean vine. It's very different in color and the beans and the flower clusters are very different. You're probably right about it not growing up there. I keep thinking it might be a tropical vine. But, you could try.

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  4. well clearly, I can neither spell nor copy a link effectively - try this one instead http://www.arhomeandgarden.org/plantoftheweek/articles/hyacinth_bean_10-03-08.htm :-)

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  5. I believe it is a Corkscrew Vine Vigna Caracalla in the family Papilionac Does it have a fragrance? Another possibility would be the snail vine, both are similar one with a fragrance and one without.

    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1884/

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    1. Thank you. I googled/images for those vines and they are not this vine. They are all very similar, but this one does not curl up like a snail. It's new flower looks almost like a fancy bird head. I'm waiting for the seed pods to start developing and then I'll show a photo of that, too. And, no fragrance.

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  6. I would love to have some of these seeds if you care to share some...I will pay for seeds and postage. It is such a lovely flowering vine. It would be absolutely awesome against my gray colored home.

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    1. I will look for more seeds. I might still have some in my garden shed. If not, I will be glad to send them to you in two or three months when these new flowers turn to seeds. Remember, this might be a tropical plant and might not grow where you live. But, it might with lots of protection. Please email your address to lynberg@prodigy.net. And, no charge!! I'm glad to share with you.

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  7. Curious if you ever found out the name of your vine? I am a huge fan of flowering vines. I was wondering if you might have some more seeds? I live in the south, so pretty sure I could get it to do well. I would not mind paying you for the seeds and postage. My e-mail is mlholmes_74@yahoo.com.

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    1. So sorry to be getting back to you so late!! I will be glad to share seeds with you next year. Please help me remember in July and I'll put you on the list. I have no idea what the name of this vine is. Because we're so close to Mexico, it might have come from there. Because it's a legume, it dies back and resprouts in the spring. I have it planted in several places so I will, hopefully, never lose it.

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