These fast-growing, twining vines are attractive for summer screening on trellises or arborsand one species yields the hops used in beer. Leaves to 6 inches long are deeply lobed and toothed. Bloom in late summer. Male plants produce flower panicles; females bear blossoms in greenish spikes resembling pinecones. Squarish, hairy stems are set with deeply lobed, toothed leaves to 6 inches long. Stems twine vertically; to get horizontal growth, twine stem tips by hand. Cut stems to ground after frost turns them brown; regrowth comes the following spring.
- From eastern Asia.
- To 2030 feet Bears 34 inches female flower spikes.
- Dark green leaves have five to seven lobes; foliage of 'Variegatus' is marked with white.
- Sow seeds in place in spring.
- From many northern temperate regions of the world.
- This species produces the traditional flavoring for beer.
- The hopsfemale flowersare soft, flaky, 1- to 2 inches., light green cones of bracts and blossoms with a fresh, piny fragrance.
- Bright green leaves have three to five lobes.
- Tender top shoots can be cooked as a vegetable.
- Plants sold in nurseries are typically female; no pollenizer needed.
- May be offered as potted plants or as dormant roots.
- The roots should be planted in rich soil in early spring; set just below soil surface with thick end up.
- Many selections are available, including 'Aureus', which has attractive chartreuse foliage.