Twining vines noted for clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers and for rich green, glossy, divided leaves; the foliage is so attractive that the plants look lovely even when out of bloom. Perform best in good, organically enriched soil. Blooms are borne on previous year's growth. Prune to shape or thin vines after flowering.
P. jasminoides. BOWER VINE. LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11. Native to Australia. Fast growth to about 2030 ft. Each leaf has five to seven oval, 1- to 2-in.-long leaflets with pointed tips. Typically unscented flowers are white with pink throats, 1122 in. long; bloom from late spring to early fall. 'Alba' and the stronger-growing 'Lady Di' have pure white flowers; 'Rosea' produces soft pink blooms with nearly red throats. 'Rosea Superba' and a selection known simply as 'Deep Pink Form' are fragrant. There is a form with variegated leaves. Plant in lee of prevailing wind. May die to ground in winter in Lower South, but then grows back. Regular water.
P. pandorana. WONGA-WONGA VINE. Zones CS, TS; USDA 9-11. Native to Australia, Pacific islands. More vigorous than P. jasminoides, covering twice the space; give it plenty of room. Leaves are divided into 8 to 17 leaflets that are 13 in. long and somewhat narrower than those of P. jasminoides. Small (to 34-in.-long), unscented spring flowers are typically creamy white, often spotted brownish purple in the throat. 'Golden Showers' has golden yellow blossoms. Moderate water.