Monday, May 10, 2010

Petrea volubilis, Purple Wreath

Petrea volubilis
  Purple Wreath 
Named after Horticulturist Lord Robert Petre (1713-1742) and hailing from Mexico and Central America this is a spectacular climber for warm temperate and sub-tropical gardens.
Apart from the magnificant display of purple flowers, the leaves add a textural element for enhancing the enjoyment of visually impaired garden visitors at any time of the year as the leaves are large and sandpapery to touch.
I have found it slow growing to start with but once established it is hardy and robust and not fussy as to soil type or moisture.
2017 update: I currently don't have any stock available. 

1 comment:

  1. It is truly a beautiful flower ... it's one of my all-time favourites. Mine has now grown up so high over the top of my pergola you can hardly see the flowers any more ... which is a real shame.