SNAIL VINE

FAMILY: Papilionaceae | GENUS: VIGNA caracalla

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Vines / Ground Covers
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Tropical American native that generally resembles pole bean in form and foliage. The spring-to-summer flowers are different, though: fragrant, cream to pale purple, with lilac or purple markings and twisted keel petals that are coiled like a snail shellodd and pretty. Twines rapidly to 1020 ft.; good summer screen or bank cover. A favorite of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Evergreen in Tropical South; in colder regions, treat as annual or bring indoors for winter. Sometimes sold as Phaseolus gigantea. Formerly known as Phaseolus Caracalla.

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