Sunday, January 11, 2009

Maurandya barclaiana syn. Asarina barclaiana, Climbing Penstemon

Maurandya growing through the tall growing perennial vegetable Kale (Brassica oleracea)
This frost tender climber from Mexico is rarely seen now perhaps because like a lot of vines it grows quickly to cover a fence or screen but drops lots of seeds which come up around the place for years afterwards and are a bit of a nuisance The tubular bell flowers ,which resemble the perennial Penstemon ,hence the common name,completely clothe the tiny triangular Ivy like leaves and the whole effect is of a curtain of flowers. It is certainly hardy in a mild climate and requires no special attention and has no pests or diseases.

2017 update: What a weed! I am still trying to get rid of it from the garden.

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