Our list of Exotic and Unusual Vine Seeds from around the world.


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Annual Vines

3404 Happy Wanderer VineHardenbergia violacea
A species of Australian flowering plant, known in Australia by the common names false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, native lilac and waraburra (which comes from the Kattang language). It often grows as a climbing vine, but also as a subshrub if pruned.
It is used as a landscape plant in the southwestern U.S. where it is commonly called lilac vine, and occasionally Mexican lilac vine.
Happy Wanderer blooms profusely in late winter and spring with long cascading racemes like a Wisteria. The vine is much smaller at maturity and also tolerates dry conditions once established.
Purple, or occasionally pink or white, flowers to almost half inch across are borne in pendent racemes throughout much of the year.
Cold hardy to about 22 degrees.
 10 seeds $2.95
3386 Snow Creeper Vine Porana racemosa
This tropical climber forms a dense mass of foliage, it smothers itself in late summer into autumn with an incredible, snow-drift profusion of tiny, tubular, star-faced, snow-white flowers. It can reach a large size of 30 feet or more over time, and makes a good screen. Zones 10 and higher.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM202 Giant Pelican Vine Aristolchia gigantea
This is a real attention getter! A fast growing vine that can grow 15-20 ft tall with support. It has deeply cordate triangular leaves and large, oddly-shaped flowers that are really petal-less calyces that open to 6" wide by nearly a foot tall with a purple-maroon backing that is netted with pink etching-like marks along veins and has a yellow-orange throat. Plant in sunny spot with summer shade. I have seen it flower in a 10" pot in our greenhouses. A good container plant, or can be grown outside on fence or trellis where winters do not get below 32 degrees.
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TRM540 Asian Bellflower Vine Codonopsis Clematidea
This herbaceous perennial, commonly referred to as a vine, with its sprawling tendencies and 2 to 3 feet height, looks more like a bedding plant; however, it does twine like a vine. Endemic to the rocky mountain slopes of East Asia, the name Codonopsis comes from the Greek word kodon, meaning a bell and opsis, referring to the bell-shaped flower. Clematidea refers to its clematis-like flower. This is not surprising since the flower looks like a cross between a clematis and campanula.
Site this plant carefully; once these plants are established, they do not like their fleshy, tuberous roots to be disturbed. The best view of them would be on top of a wall, because looking up into the blossoms reveals the striking markings inside the nodding, pale-blue bells. Hardy for zones 7-9.
 3mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
3346 Chinese Pipe Vine Aristolchia debilis
This exotic vine is hardy in zones 8a-10b and blossoms best in light shade. It will stay evergreen all year in the above zones. A real attraction for many unusual types of butterflies and you will see them come from miles around for this plant. The very unusual green/maroon fragrant dutchmans pipe shaped blossom are an attention getter. The plants will grown up to 20 feet if let climb on a structure.
 80mg pack ( about 10-12 seeds ) $2.95
RLP069 Running Postman Kennedia prostrata
Also known as Scarlet Runner. A neat, small, creeping shrub native to Australia with pretty scarlet flowers and small round leaves with ruffled edges. It likes sandy soils and a spot in full sun in USDA Zones 9 to 11.
Outstanding, vigorous climber or creeper/trailing plant with trifoliate green leaves and pea-shaped red & yellow flowers in spring/summer. Prefers well-drained soils with a mulched root system in full sun or partial shade. Foliage damaged by moderate frost but foliage will return in spring. Pruning extends the life of the plant. Useful groundcover or container plant. Really nice in hanging baskets, or grown at top of walls, allowing vine to creep down for cover.
 5 seeds $2.95
NB30 Citronella
A rare variety of Mina Lobata, Mina Citronella starts out with dark yellow buds, transforming to citrus yellow, and ending with creamy white tips. Blossoms are held upright on long stems making a nice contrast against dark green foliage. An easy to grow spectacular vine, Mina Citronella grows to 15 feet in full sun. Climbing vine is super in baskets, blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
IP010 Firecracker ( Mina lobata )
This member of the morning glory family produces masses of dazzling 1.5 inch tubular flowers that mature from soft lemon yellow, through orange and deep rusty red. A plant in full bloom will never be forgotten! Incredibly showy, it deserves to be the focal point of your flower garden. Grows to 10 feet or more tall. Annual.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB161 Dutchman's Pipe ( Aristolochia ringens )
Strange nepethes-like flowering vine. Flowers are large, ornate, and sometimes smelly. Description: Fairly fast growing vine, usually to 20-30ft, but it can also spread out in all directions. Cold hardy to around 30F.
t: It is quite adaptable and can be grown in subtropical areas, tropical areas, and any place where temperatures don't frequently drop below 30F. It also does well in low light conditions and can be grown indoors. Will tolerate high humidity or arid climates with little rain, although irrigation should be provided. Grow in full sun or shade. Pretty flowers will sometimes have a fragrance, which can be smelly, but the scent doesn't drift from the flower. Will also grow well in pots.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
JF319 Creeping Snapdragon ( Asarina procumbens )
A trailing vine with snapdragon-like blooms, this variety is a tender perennial that is hardy to zone 7 but can be grown as an annual. Roundish emerald green leaves make a nice backdrop to fragrant, butter-yellow blooms with pink veins. Easy to grow, this native from Spain can be grown in heat, and cool weather and does well in moist, well drained soil. An ideal choice for containers and hanging baskets where they trail to 3 feet or more.
25 Seeds $2.25
JF125 Wild Cucumber ( Echinocystis lobata )
Wild Cucumber is an annual; it completes its life cycle during one season but will re-seed. The dried vines and cucumbers are great in dried arrangements. The smooth, branching vines reach lengths of 15-20 feet and can be aggressive. Wild Cucumber is identified by its alternately placed star-shaped leaves, which resemble maple-like leaves, each with 5 to 7 pointed lobes. Its flowers are pale yellowish-white and are very fragrant. Wild cucumber's pulpy green, oval seed pods grow up to two inches long and are covered with sharp spines so beware. Likes sun and moist soil. When ripe, the pod bursts open and large brown or black seeds are found.
Despite its name, the Wild Cucumber is NOT edible!
5 Seeds $3.95
BM44 Golden Tears ( Dicentra scandens )
Bright yellow heart-shaped flowers bloom in April or May; bloom continues off and on throughout the season. This climbing perennial can reach 3 feet high and wide. The species is native to the Himalayas.
Grow in fertile, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil in part shade and allow to self-sow. Provide a strong support for its tender weaving tendrils. May be grown as an annual in cooler climates.
A hardy perennial, hardy to zone 3.
10 Seeds $3.95
IM087 Indian Birthroot Vine ( Aristolochia tagala )
This is an aggressive, sun-loving slender climber. Best suited for zones 8-11.
Birthworts are so-called because the curved flower looks like a womb and therefore, are used by herbalists to remove obstructions after birth as well as to treat difficult births.
The caterpillars of two rare butterflies, the Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus) and Common Rose , feed on the leaves of this plant. A foodplant for the species, Aristolochia tagala has been planted in the Kadoorie Farm and Shan Liu Road in Hong Kong to sustain a healthy population of Common Birdwing.
The species is used as medicines. The Malays pound the leaves apply it to the head to treat fever. In Indonesia, poultice are made with leaves of the species ; it is applied to the swollen abdomen or limbs. In the Philippines, snake bites and malaria is treated with the plant. In India, the roots are considered a tonic, carminative and emmenagogue.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
NB31 Jungle Queen
An exciting colorful climber for use in pots, containers, hanging baskets and gardens. Jungle queen has a stronger colour contrast than ordinary Mina Lobata below, a more robust selection, crimson orange flowers. If grown as pot plants periodically push the new growth downwards to the base of the plant. Blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
IM092 Susie Yellow-Black Eye
A unique variety of Black-Eyed Susan Vine ( Thunbergia ). Well branched vigorous climber for large pots with stake or trellis, easy to grow. This distinctive flowering vine broadens the color range of thunbergia,this Susie can "pop" into flower in as little as 6 weeks, and is excellent in hanging baskets or window boxes.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
IM091 African Sunset
A unique variety of Black-Eyed Susan Vine ( Thunbergia ). Vigorous twining climber, ideal for hanging baskets or as a climbing plant or bedding plant. Colors range from deep brick-red to soft cream with many shades of pastel reds, pinks, oranges and yellows in between, with dark eyed centers. Individual flowers may change color as they age. Native to the mountains of Western Kenya.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRM128 Cruel Vine Araujia sericifera
Also know as Moth Plant, White Bladderflower and Common Moth Vine.
A good plant for large tubs with a bit of trellis attached, makes a unique looking ornamental plant, can be grown on fences outside in zone 9b and higher.
The pear-shaped fruits are large pods of about 3-4 inches of length. They contain numerous black seeds surrounded by silky hairs which enable them to be dispersed by the wind. They are ornamental only, and are not edible.
A climbing or creeping vine with thick, elliptic leaves and waxy white and pink, scented flowers. Originally from South America it is now widely cultivated as an ornamental in tropical and warm temperate climates. The name cruel vine comes from the vines twining so tightly around the branches of trees that it grows on in the wild that it girdles them.
 5 seeds $2.95
FB159 Red Malabar Spinach ( Basella rubra v Rubra )
Charming twining climber, dark red-olive leaf, purple red stem, pink flowers, vine for large pots or beds or as vegetable.
Also known as Ceylon spinach, vine spinach or Malabar nightshade. It is a climbing perennial plant, mostly cultivated as an annual vegetable against a support in home gardens but in some areas as a vine like market vegetable without staking. Malabar spinach is not a true spinach (Spinacia oleracea L., chenopodiaceae), but its leaves, which form on a vine, resemble spinach, and are used in the same way. The plant is a native of the East Indies, and found its way to the New World from China. It has spread throughout the tropical world and it is one of the best tropical spinach widely adapted to a variety of soils and climates. It is particularly abundant in India, Malaysia, and the Philippines, but it is also seen throughout tropical Africa, the Caribbean, and tropical South America.
Malabar spinach has thick tender stems and the leaves are almost circular to ovate, alternate, and short petioled. The flowers, borne on axillary spikes or branching peduncles are bisexual and inconspicuous. The fruits are fleshy and purplish black and the juice is sometimes used as a dye.
The succulent young and mature leaves, and the stems are eaten. The most common method of cooking is as a pot herb, mixed with stew or other vegetables. The leaves have mild flavor. Malabar spinach is a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron.
Malabar spinach is a perennial that tends to extend itself over time. Seeds can be sown directly or vines may be established directly from stem cuttings. These need a little shade on transplanting, but root readily. Malabar spinach can thrive under conditions of moderate soil fertility, but is quite responsive to nitrogen fertilizer. Can be harvested at 57 days after planting.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP061 Railroad Vine Ipomoea pes-caprae
Railroad vine, Ipomoea pes-caprae, is a pantropic vine found on beaches and dunes from Georgia, south along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to Texas and Mexico, and throughout peninsular Florida. It is established worldwide on many tropical beaches, including those of Australia and the Caribbean. Its range extends from approximately latitude 30° north to latitude 30° south. It does not tolerate prolonged frost conditions. It is hardy for zones 9-10, and can survive short periods of cold down to 20 degrees.
The vine, along with sea oats, is often used in beach restoration and stabilization. It is one of the primary colonizers of beaches. It grows well on nutrient-poor, moist, sandy, or calcareous soils. Thus, it is excellent for beachfront properties. It provides habitat for many diverse animal species, including threatened or endangered species such as gopher tortoises, beach mice, Scrub-Jays, and kestrels.
Railroad vine grows rapidly but unevenly. Its common name can be attributed to its ability to send out "tracks" of stolons more than 100 ft. long. Stolons are similar to stems, except they produce adventitious roots at the nodes and run horizontally rather than vertically. Taproots are deep, sometimes penetrating 3 ft. into the soil. This ground-hugger usually grows no more than 16 in. high but can form a dense groundcover as much as 30 ft. across.

See a nice Youtube video at Railroad Vine

 5 seeds $2.95
JF268 Mexican Flame Vine Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides
A spectacular, rather small, climbing vine in the sunflower family, native to southern Mexico and central America. When in flower, it is covered in masses of bright orange red, daisy-like flowers. It is easy to grow in tropical and warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above. Even though it is not hardy to frost, it recovers quickly from damage and can be grown in colder climates with some protection.
An excellent tub plant, simply provide a trellis for it to climb on.
 7mg ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
RLP108 Beach Bean Canavalia rosea
Beach bean is a fast growing vine that trails along beach dunes and coastal strand. The thick, fleshy stem can grow to 20 feet or more in length and more than 1 inch in diameter. The stem is rather woody near the base and several branches radiate outward, forming mats of light green semisucculent foliage. The leaflets fold up under the hot sun at midday. The flowers are typical pea flowers, purplish pink, about 2 inch long and borne in erect spikes on long stalks. Beach bean blooms most of the summer and sporadically the rest of the year. The pods are flat and 4-6 inches long.
It occurs naturally on seashores in the tropics and subtropics throughout the world. Beach bean grows on the upper beaches and sand dunes and on seaside cliffs. In the United States, beach bean occurs on the coasts of the central and southern Florida peninsula, southern California and southern Texas.
The sturdy, fast growing beach bean thrives in almost any well drained soil. It is highly salt tolerant. It will have to be pruned to be kept in check. Best suited for zones 9-11.
It can be grown as an annual in cooler zones, and it has great potential for xeriscape gardening. It should be an excellent ground cover for dry sandy areas. Needless to say, it is a must-have for seaside gardens. Use beach bean as a ground cover where you have full sun, poor soil, and drought conditions. Beach bean is used as a biomass cover crop in Third World countries and in arid lands in Australia and Africa where its amazingly rapid growth quickly covers even the harshest soils. It is used to control soil erosion in many parts of the world. The young pods and seeds are edible and used for food in northern Australia.
Mature seeds must be boiled or roasted to render them edible. Mature seeds are toxic until they are cooked!
 5 seeds $2.95
JF211 Emerald Falls MSP ( Dichondra repens )
Vigorous and easy to grow, this Dichondra boasts thick, super-soft deep green leaves (about an inch wide) arising profusely on very well-branched plants that need no pinching. Emerald Beauty will cascade about 3 feet from your baskets, windowboxes, or other containers, but it will also form a nicely domed shape that fills the available space beautifully!
Very heat- and drought-tolerant, Emerald Falls recovers quickly even if wilted, and looks fresh all season long. Try it in a large container behind super-cascading Silver Falls, or among trailing flowering plants from Periwinkle to Sweet Pea.
Emerald Falls thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Start the seeds indoors in late winter (about 6 to 8 weeks before last anticipated frost) and then set out when the weather warms up in spring.
Multiseed Pellets ( each pellet contains 6-8 seeds ).
  Package of 10 Multiseed Pellets $4.95
1A218 Scarlet Runner Bean ( Phaseolus coccineus )
Edible and beautiful. One of the oldest runner beans now in existence. First documented in 1750. Good for use as either small snaps, sliced pods or green shells, and often used in place of limas in cooler climates. Highly ornamental. Needs a trellis, fence or pole to train on, 65 days.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.15
W199 Chilean Jasmine ( Mandevilla suaveolens )
A moderately fast growing semi-deciduous slender stemmed twining vine that grows to 12 feet or more wide and high with support and develops a succulent subterranean caudex. It has luxurious 6 inch long bright green glossy leaves with a long tapering point and an abundance of fragrant white flowers in summer months.
The tubular flowers are 2 inches long and flare open to 2-1/2 inches wide with what is described as a heady vanilla aroma most pronounced in the evening but some seem not to be able to smell it at all. The flowers are followed by pairs of long bean-like fruit pods - these fruit and the fragrance cause some to call this plant the vanilla bean vine though it certainly should not be used in cooking. Plant in full to part sun (blooms best in full sun) and water occasionally to regularly. Tolerates most soils and is root hardy to at least 12 degrees (we have seen claims to below 0 degrees ) and deciduous in most California gardens as temperatures near freezing. Prune in late winter prior to new growth starting and watch for aphids on the flower buds.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRM024 Creeping Fig Ficus pumila
This plant is native to China, Vietnam, and Japan. It is a self-climbing root-clinging, evergreen perennial vine. It clings by aerial roots along the stem and has solid green leaves that are small, bright green and heart-shaped, small when young; increasing in size to 5 to 10 cm long when mature. It produces a droopy fig-like fruit, plum-sized and inedible.
It will cling to surfaces allowing you to hide an unsightly wall or to just soften the architecture and can grow up to 18 feet on a vertical wall.
Creeping Fig will grow in moderate shade or morning sun and works well as an indoor potted plant, as long as it has a sunny spot to sit in, although it is slower growing in the shade. It is frost hardy to about 15 degrees.
The vine can be pruned to create shapes or patterns by simply cutting the stems. Pruning may also be necessary if tips/stems stray away from the surface they are climbing. Should a stem pull away from a tree or wall, the ends become progressively more woody.
With its tolerance of pruning this species makes a useful bonsai subject and is particularly suitable for a cascading style.
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TRM279 Wild Noni Vine Morinda royoc
Also known as Wart Vine, Yellowroot, Redgal, and Mouse's Pineapple. Sprawling or clambering to 3-10 feet. Usually spreading and broader than tall and can form dense patches. This is a rare and unusual wild relative of the famed Polynesian medicine plant Morinda citrifolia 'Noni". A vine, native to Belize, that produces fruit that are minature versions of the noni fruit. Identical in taste flavor and unpleasant smell but praised for its healing properties in traditional medicine. The plant has shiny dark green leaves and makes a beautiful plant. Easy to grow from seeds and makes an excellent container plant that is easily cared for.
Zone 10 and higher outside, can be grown inside in containers in cooler zones.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM163 Monkey Comb Amphilophium crucigerum
Widely distributed from Mexico through tropical South America, this climber sports large, heart-shaped leaves and white flowers with a yellow throat followed by large, flat, spiny seed pods, the edges of the flat pods do resemble a comb. It is a popular ornamental in the tropics but also has invasive potential and should be handled with care. It is well suited for pot culture in warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM165 Hogvine Merremia umbellata
This relative of the Woodrose family is a perennial vine that is extremely hard to find in the US. Growing to 15 feet and showing off these beautiful sprays of cascading yellow flowers throughout the summer make this vine a keeper. Hardy in zones 8-11 Especially nice to grow over a trellis or privacy fence and will grow in full sun or part shade, producing more blossoms in full sun. It is well suited for pot culture in warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM166 Wild Bitter Melon Momordica charantia
A tropical vine with long, slender shoots, deeply lobed leaves and warty, oblong fruits that are edible when young and green but turn very bitter when mature and yellow. When fully ripe, the fruits break open to reveal seeds covered in soft, bright red and edible, sweet pulp. The plant has a wide array of medicinal properties and studies show that it could be effective against diabetes, cancer, HIV and malaria. It is well suited for pot culture in warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $2.95
1A219 Sunset Runner Bean ( Phaseolus coccineus )
Edible and beautiful. Unique variety with salmon-pink blooms. Very early blossoming and maturing, nice crops of short and very flavorful beans throughout the season. Excellent for freezing. Needs a trellis, fence or pole to train on, 60-65 days.
 15 seeds $2.75
2235 Cypress Vine Mix ( Ipomoea Quamoclit )
Ipomoea quamoclit, syn. Quamoclit pennata.) This easy-care vine is great for high-margin container sales. Vigorous and fast-growing with fern-like, feathery bright green foliage and 3/4-inch trumpet-shaped blooms from summer to fall. Easily grows 6 feet; can reach 25 feet. Full sun. Cannot ship to AR, AZ, PR
  10 seeds $2.15
D9606 Hyacinth Bean ( Dolichos Lab-Lab )
Lablab bean is a twining vine with leaflets in threes and showy bright purple flowers and pods. In frost-free areas the vine becomes woody and can reach more than 30' in length. In zones 9 and colder, the vine remains herbaceous and rarely exceeds 10'. The leaflets are purplish-green, broad-oval or triangular in shape and 3-6" long. The flowers are pea-like, a rich, brilliant purple, and arranged in loose clusters on long stems that extend above the foliage. The pods are just as showy as the flowers. They are flat and curved, about 3" long and bright purple.
Easy to grow in poor, acidic to alkaline soils. Lablab beans take 90-150 days from sowing to maturity. Immature pods can be picked sooner. Needs full sun for best growth. Requires well-drained soil. Once established, lablab bean is drought tolerant, more so than most beans.
Young immature pods are cooked and eaten like green beans (older pods may need to be de-stringed). They have a strong, beany flavor and some people like to mix them with other beans or green vegetables. Unfortunately, the purple color disappears during cooking. Young leaves are eaten raw in salads and older leaves are cooked like spinach. Flowers are eaten raw or steamed. The large starchy root tubers can be boiled and baked. The immature seeds can be boiled and eaten like any shelly bean. Dried seeds should be boiled in two changes of water before eating since they contain toxic levels of cyanogenic glucosides. In Asia the mature seeds are made into tofu and fermented for tempeh. They are also used as bean sprouts.
Lablab bean is a good choice for a quick screen on a trellis or fence. It grows fast, has beautiful, fragrant flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and it even produces edible leaves, flowers, pods, seeds and roots. Each summer I train a vine or two of lablab up the clothes line pole just for the color and fragrance.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
JF171 White Flowered Hyacinth Bean ( Dolichos Lab-Lab )
This variety grows beautiful white flowers and thin pods. Young pods are harvested for vegetable use. Plants are vigorous and are often grown along trellis and fences in the Orient. It is almost necessary to harvest young pods every day during the actively growing season in the summer time.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
2222 Puple Flowered Hyacinth Bean "Moonshadow" ( Dolichos Lab-Lab )
With dark purple stems, flowers and leaves, it is a wonderful additon to the garden. Grows like the common Hyacinth Bean listed above.
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TRM151 Fox Ears Aristolochia Chilensis
Also known as Oreja de Zorro. An extremely lovely and unusual climber. Boomerang-shaped leaves on twining stems carrying strikingly beautifully marked, purple-green inflated flowers.
This exotic little vine in the dutchman's pipevine family is hardy in zones 8a-10b and blossoms best in full to part sun and will stay evergreen all year in the above zones.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM295 Gaping Dutchman's Pipe Aristolochia ringens

An evergreen vine in warm zones, the tops will be killed to the ground in freezing weather but usually return in the spring in zone 8. It likes to grow in a light and airy place, but not in direct sunlight. The plant can endure short periods of drought and still look fresh. From spring to summer, the vine produces quantities of 12 cm long fragrant flowers scattered among the drooping leaves. The flowers trap insect pollinators and facilitate cross pollination. Highly entertaining flowers; a vigorous grower, the outrageous blooms are patterned with a network of burgundy, red, and purple over a creamy-yellow background. The fruit is a capsule, green maturing to brown and opening to release many fertile seeds. Prune back shoots after flowering.
Features: A vine with beautiful dark green heart shaped leaves and paler underneath. These are about 8 cm long by 5 cm wide and grow closely together to create a dense mass of foliage. These slender woody stems twine gracefully in tight coils around fence wire and other supports lifting itself to heights of 2 to 10 meters. Stems age to woody.
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TRM296 Fragrant Dutchman's Pipe Aristolochia odoratissima

A smallish climbing plant with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant, pinkish to dark purple flowers with a yellow center, widely distributed on forest edges or in disturbed sites from southern Mexico to Argentina. Easily grown in tropical climates. A tea made from the leaves of this plant is effective to treat snakebites.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRM297 Buffalo Gourd Cucurbita foetidissima

A perennial vine, widely distributed from the northwestern and north-central US to the north of Mexico, where it thrives in disturbed locations. It grows long, prostrate stems, triangular grey-green leaves with an unpleasant smell when crushed. The bell-shaped, yellow flowers are followed by a round yellow fruit that contain edible seeds. Native Indians used Cucurbita foetidissima in traditional medicine and for soap-making. It also is a very adaptable, drought-tolerant ornamental, hardy to USDA Zone 5.
The fruit is consumed by humans and animals. When the fruit is mature, a stage marked by increasing desiccation of vine, leaves, fruit-stem, and fruit itself, it begins its final gourd stage.
The fresh young gourd can be eaten like squash. When the fruit is mature its not edible anymore due to bitter compounds.
Starch is mainly located in the tap root which get formed after the first year of growth. The starch content in the dried root is between 47.5 and 56 percent. The central tap root can weight up to 72 kg. A four-year-old root grown under cultivation can reach a fresh weight of 45 kg and a length of 2.5 meters.
Fresh leafs or the whole plants can be used as animal food.
Biodiesel can be produced from the oil in the seeds. But the main interest to produce renewable fuels is to produce biofuel with the carbohydrates who are located in the tap root.
 5 seeds $3.95
3331 Jungle Grape Cissus hypoglauca
Also known as Water Vine or Five leaf Water Vine, is a common Australian Vine. It is one of the better known climbing plants of the genus Cissus in the grape family. A very common climber in moist areas of eastern Australia, it often colonises large areas after forest damage due to storms, fire or logging.
The name water-vine comes from the fact that the woody sections of the vine may be cut into sections and the sap that drips from the sections may be drunk as water. The leaves are palmate, and are usually arranged in a group of five.
The young leaves are reddish and hairy. Tendrils appear opposite the leaf stalk. Yellow flowers occur on terminal umbels, mostly in spring and summer.
A purple globose fruit matures in the middle of the year. Five leaf Water Vine provides abundant food and shelter for birds and small animals. The stunning blue berries may be eaten raw and provide a delicious watery snack but do leave an acrid aftertaste ( somewhat like the opossom grape ).
It also makes an attractive container plant while young, like it's cousin the Kangaroo Ivy Vine.
Should be grown as a patio plant for zones cooler than zone 8.
  10 seeds $2.95
RLP033 Tape Vine Stephania rotunda
A tropical vine that easily grown in containers, produces a large protrued bulb much like the ponytail palm, along with a beautiful climbing vine.
This deciduous vine is found in forests from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. it forms a large, rounded caudex from which wiry shoots with attractive, round leaves wind themselves up onto other vegetation. The flowers are very small and insignificant and followed by little clusters of red fruits. It is a popular ornamental for warm temperate regions, especially with collectors of caudex plants. It is also used in traditional medicine for the treatment of fevers, liver ailments and as a sleeping aid and contains a great number of alkaloids that may have valuable medicinal properties. Some of them have shown antimalarial activity.
 5 seeds $2.95
NB56 Red Wings ( Lotus tetragonolobus )
Also known as Asparagus Pea vine, bright red pea flowers, pods are edible, creeper, matures in about 14 weeks from seed. This is a wonderful plant for background color in flower bed when grown on a fence or trellis. Also adds wonderful color to a garden setting.
  650mg package of about 15-20 seeds to a pack, $2.25
RHM139 Myanmar Morning Glory Argyreia Wallichii
Very similar to the familiar Baby Woodrose. From the region formerly known as Burma. A vigorous thick vine developing large leaves from heart shape to nearly orbicular with some white in the underside. Produces numerous tubular funnel form flowers with the corolla whitish turning to pink or near purple.
  5 seeds per pack $2.50
2223 Scarlet Star Vine ( Ipomoea hederifolia )
Annual, Half-Hardy Climber. Freely twining its merry way eight or ten feet up a suitable support, it has attractive, dark green, vaguely Ivy-like, lobed foliage and bears over a long period in summer numerous long-stalked clusters of eye-catching, scarlet, funnel-shaped flowers, each an inch or more across. A most ornamental plant.
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D8565 Bitter Gourd ( Citrullus Colocynthis )
Water melon like vine to 15 ft.or more. Bears small 6" three pound or so fruits. An attractive vine. The fruits have strong medicinal value.
  Package of 4 seeds $1.95
RLP033 Tape Vine Stephania rotunda
A tropical vine that easily grown in containers, produces a large protrued bulb much like the ponytail palm, along with a beautiful climbing vine.
This deciduous vine is found in forests from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. it forms a large, rounded caudex from which wiry shoots with attractive, round leaves wind themselves up onto other vegetation. The flowers are very small and insignificant and followed by little clusters of red fruits. It is a popular ornamental for warm temperate regions, especially with collectors of caudex plants. It is also used in traditional medicine for the treatment of fevers, liver ailments and as a sleeping aid and contains a great number of alkaloids that may have valuable medicinal properties. Some of them have shown antimalarial activity.
 5 seeds $2.95
D8575 Canary Bird Vine ( Tropaeolum peregrinum )
Annual vine. Lustrous canary yellow flowers on a vigorous vine with shiny green leaves. Flowers resemble small birds in flight. The flowers are edible.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D8577 Black Eyed Susan Vine
The perfect hanging basket vine. Dainty black-eyed-susan flowers and a healthy vine. Whether cascading from a hanging basket or twining up a trellis, black-eyed Susan vine provides a sunny splash of summer color. This flowering vine is an easy-care annual that provides months of showy yellow-orange flowers. Large, ivylike leaves provide a verdant backdrop for its bright flowers, which sport the distinctive dark center and give it the "black eye" of its common name.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D9872 Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Orange/White Mix
A dainty vine that can be used for ground covers or as a low climber. Excellent for hanging baskets. Triangular leaves and tubular flowers in orange and white with a dark brown eye.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
1A073 Whirlybird Gold Nasturtium
10” A bushy nasturtium with single blooms that are 2” across, spurless and face upward. Beautiful Gold color.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
1A074 Glorius Gleam Mix Nasturtium
32” A trailing nasturtium with double to semi-double blooms in shades of yellow, orange and red with medium-green leaves.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
1A075 Alaska Mix Nasturtium
9” The unique leaves of the Alaska series are dark green marbled with white. The flowers are all shades of red, yellow and orange. The plants are compact bushes.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
1A076 Tall Single Mix Nasturtium
18-24” A trailing nasturtium with single blooms that are 2” across in shades of yellow, orange and red.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D9879 Jewels of Africa
Nasturtium with variegated foliage.
A variegated Nasturtium with a blend of yellow, red and peachy pink flower with marbled foliage, striped with cream, against a light green background. Excellent container or ground cover specimen.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
W198 Black Velvet Nasturtium The blossoms, leaves and buds of this beautiful plant are edible and have a peppery taste. The blooms have a soft sweet scent up close and attract hummingbirds. he deepest, darkest, richest, ruby-black blooms grace tidy plants. For a dramatically thrilling display, Black Velvet provides maximum contrast to light-colored flowers or a provocative mix with purples and reds. Mounding plants reach 12 inches tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRM095 White Climbing Rata Metrosideros perforata
An evergreen climbing shrub native to New Zealand with small, round leaves and masses of delicate white flowers. Best suited to warm temperate climates. Tolerates very shaded conditions. Frost tolerant. Adult plant is very tolerant of windy conditions.
Attracts birds, butterflies and bees.
Very tiny seeds!
 10 very tiny seeds $2.95
D9877 Giant Fragrant Moon Vine
Giant 6-8" pure white blooms open in the evening to release a sweet smelling perfume-like fragrance. Annual vine is great for fences or trellis.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
2237 Royal Plum Cup and Saucer Vine ( Cobaea scandens )
5 Months of Blooms! Flowers mature from green to rich purple. Distinctive 2-inch bell-shaped blooms cover this fast-growing, pest-free 20-foot vine from June through October. Full sun. Treat as an annual.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
Perennial Vines
BM67 Blue Passionflower ( Passiflora caerulea )
Blue passionflower is a twining vine that can grow to 30 ft (9.1 m). The shiny leaves are usually palmately lobed with five parts, but they can have as few as three lobes or as many as nine. They are evergreen in tropical climates, but deciduous where winters are cool. The white and purple-blue flowers which appear in summer may be as large as 4 in (10.2 cm) across. They are followed by egg-size deep orange fruits from late summer through fall.
Blue passionflower likes loose sandy or gravelly soils and does best planted in old brick rubble that retains heat during cold winter weather. Too much manure or compost will result in lush vegetative growth and poor flowering. This species will flower in a small pot, but it prefers plenty of root space and will do better in a roomy container. In Zone 8-9, the ideal location is against a warm south-facing old brick wall where an overhang prevents excessive drenching by heavy rains.
Go light on fertilizer and water deeply, but infrequently; passionflowers should be encouraged to reach deep into the earth for water. When motivated to do so, they are capable of developing amazing root systems to sustain them through droughts and freezes. Passionflowers love high humidity, but they are subject to fungal diseases if they don't get good air circulation in the greenhouse. Blue passionflower does better overwintered in a cool greenhouse where it can go semi-dormant as opposed to in a hothouse where it will be tempted to put too much energy into weak off-season growth. In either case, it is important to keep the soil on the dry side in the winter.
Blue passionflower may be wound around a hoop support to keep it within bounds so that it may be grown as a houseplant in a sunny south-facing window. Passifloras flower on new growth, so they may be pruned early in the growing season. It is best to cut some stems back nearly to the base, rather than just trim the tips. The terminal buds may be pinched out to encourage branching. Always keep some green foliage on the plant to keep the sap rising and encourage rapid regrowth. The roots may be weakened and become subject to fungal infection if too much top growth is removed at once. Don't try to train a passionflower to be too neat and compact; branches allowed to hang loose and droop a bit will be the ones most inclined to flower. Passionflowers are subject to a wide array of pests and diseases, but most of them have minimal impact on well grown plants. Butterfly larvae are the exception; caterpillars readily devour the foliage of healthy mature plants.
Passionflowers like full sun and will scramble over trees and shrubs to get it.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-11. Blue passionflowers will regrow from deep roots after even severe freezes. They have been known to survive temperatures as low as 5 degrees when the ground was frozen over two feet deep! It is nevertheless important to keep the soil as warm as possible, especially in the winter greenhouse.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
W152 Fragrant Passionflower ( Passiflora maliformus )
Also known as Sweet Calebash, it is grown for its beautiful fragrant flowers and delicious fruit.
Flowers are greenish-white and purple, huge, up to 4-6 inches in diameter. The sepals are greenish-white, heavily speckled with purple spots inside, green outside. The petals are green white and heavily spotted with purple. The crown consists of four rows of filaments, white with purple stripes. The flowers are pendulous and very fragrant.
The fruits are oval or spherical, about 2 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. They are greenish yellow to light orange and the external shell is extremely hard. They are edible and taste of grapes.
The name maliformis name means "apple-shaped".
Vines are self-fertile, and should be grown on fences or trellises.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
2640 Giant Granadilla ( Passiflora quadrangularis )
The Giant Granadilla forms a larger leaf and is a more vigorous grower than the yellow passion fruit. This plant derives its botanical name from the fact that the stems are quad rangular in cross section. It is a vigorous grower that can grow 50 feet or more in a single season, for zones 10 and higher, or warm greenhouses.
Fruit of the giant granadilla reach a length of up to 12 inches and turn yellow when mature. The pulp around the seeds is used to flavor ice cream and to make a cooling drink. In addition, the flesh of this fruit is edible. The green fruit is boiled and eaten as a vegetable. The fully ripe flesh is eaten alone or in combination with such fruits as papaya and pineapple.
  $2.95 ( 10 seeds per pack )
TRM432 Fragrant Granadilla ( Passiflora alata )
Also known as wild passion fruit, wingstem passionflower. A robust climber with sparsely branched, 4-winged stems and light green leaves. In Spring, it bears claret purple and white to bright carmine red, bowl shaped, fragrant flowers 5 inches wide, followed by ovoid to pear shaped yellow fruit. Grows to 20 ft. if trellised or trained. Minimum 40 degree temperature. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5 seeds $2.95
TRM433 Sweet Granadilla ( Passiflora ligularis )
A vigorous vine that is woody at the base and climbs onto structures or high into trees using tendrils with heart-shaped 4 to 8 inch long leaves that are of a medium green color and paler below with prominent veins. In the warmer months of the year appear the 4 inch wide sweetly fragrant flowers, often in pairs at the leaf base. These flowers have greenish white sepals and light pinkish-white petals with 2 ranks of filaments that are banded with bluish purple.
The outer shell is hard and slippery, and has soft padding on the interior to protect the seeds. The seeds, which are hard and black, are surrounded by a gelatinous sphere of transparent pulp. The pulp is the edible part of the fruit and has a soft sweet taste. It is very aromatic and contains vitamins A, C, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5 seeds $2.95
IM087 Indian Birthroot Vine ( Aristolochia tagala )
This is an aggressive, sun-loving slender climber. Best suited for zones 8-11.
Birthworts are so-called because the curved flower looks like a womb and therefore, are used by herbalists to remove obstructions after birth as well as to treat difficult births.
The caterpillars of two rare butterflies, the Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus) and Common Rose , feed on the leaves of this plant. A foodplant for the species, Aristolochia tagala has been planted in the Kadoorie Farm and Shan Liu Road in Hong Kong to sustain a healthy population of Common Birdwing.
The species is used as medicines. The Malays pound the leaves apply it to the head to treat fever. In Indonesia, poultice are made with leaves of the species ; it is applied to the swollen abdomen or limbs. In the Philippines, snake bites and malaria is treated with the plant. In India, the roots are considered a tonic, carminative and emmenagogue.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
D9809 Herald's Trumpet ( Beaumontia grandiflora )
Also known as the Easter Lily Vine. A woody vine with large fragrant white flowers resembling lilies, and lush tropical foliage.
It is a strong growing climber which can reach 10' to 20' and requires full sun. Large, highly fragrant flowers appear in trusses. The leaves are glossy and dark green on the upper leaf surface, on the lower leaf surface they are hairy. Young shoots are also covered with brown hairs.
Pictures cannot even begin to describe the sight of a mature Beaumontia in full bloom. A big plant can be covered with many large flowers. Beaumontia does need mature to bloom, it may take a couple of years before you see the flowers. To produce the best display, this heavy climber with large leaves will need a strong structure. Without support the plant will form a large mound. It can be grown in pots but will not get very big or produce many flowers like the ones grown in the ground. Beaumontia is a tropical vine. It can tolerate a light frost for short periods but it is better to protect it if the temperature goes below freezing.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
2903 Hops ( Humulus lupulus )
Humulus lupulus ( aka Hops, Japanese Hops ), is a perennial climber growing to almost 20 feet high at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from September to October. Hops are noted for attracting wildlife, pharmaceuticals, and beverage flavoring such as beer.

Hops produce rich, heavily scented, green-golden fruit that is harvested in autumn. The flowers of Humulus lupulus contain the chemicals myrcene, myrcenol, resin, linalool, humulene and tannins, all used extensively in the pharmaceutical industy. Also, another common usage is flavoring for the beer industry.

Hops seeds can be slow to germinate. Use a process called "cold scarification" to encourage hop seed germination. A good method is to put seeds in an equal amount of moist sand and refrigerate from one to three months at about 41 degrees F. After that, plant the seeds at 68 degrees F. for one to two months. If the hops seeds have not germinated, put them back in the refrigerator and repeat the cycle.

Decorative fast growing vine, excellent for porches and screens.

  Package of 10 seeds $3.25
2484 China Fleece Vine ( Polygonum aubertii )
Fast grower, massed lacy white flowers, dense green foliage, fragrant flowers, does very well in poor soils, perennial, hardy to zone 3.
  Package of 25 seeds $2.50
TRM237 Cysticapnos vesicaria
This annual South African climber grows up to about 3 feet high. The leaves are soft gray. The light pink pea like flowers are followed by inflated seed capsules. Ideal for a semi-shaded area. A good vine for pots with a small bit of trellis to add color to patios.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
FA48 Blue Wisteria Vine ( Wisteria sinensis )
Extremely popular vining plant that that eventually develops a thick trunk to 8'. Mature height is 25' or more. It produces masses of violet blue flowers appearing before the leaves. The racemes of flowers hang to 1 1/2' or more providing colorful display. The pinnate leaves are divided into 13 leaflets. Deciduous. Hardy to zone 5 and easily grown.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
3363 White Wisteria Wisteria sinensis white
Wisteria sinensis white is an extraordinary flowering vine. Even more spectacular than the common lavender variety, it's abundant flower clusters can be a foot long, and the individual blossoms open all at once for a breathtaking display. Plus this white flowering form is extremely fragrant.
Wisteria will grow in full sun or heavy shade in zones 5-10 and isn't fussy about soil or moisture, though it will perform better with even moisture, good drainage, and timely pruning. It's an exquisite bonsai candidate, especially this white one.
Vines can grow up to 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide if left untrimmed and untrained. They can be grown in full sun to partial shade, but will do best in full sun as they will smother out other plants to get full sunshine.
 5 seeds $4.95
RLP054 Fragrant Purple Wisteria Wisteria formosa
Pendent clusters of fragrant, pea-like, violet-blue flowers, each with white and yellow markings appear in May and June on this vigorous wisteria. It is perfect for training over a sunny wall or stout pergola where the flowers can best be appreciated from below. To enhance flowering it requires ample space for the roots to become well established and it will need pruning twice a year.
Grows in full sun or light shade, needs rich, moist soil. Hardy in zones 4-9.
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W183 White Cup and Saucer Vine ( Cobaea scandens )
This large climbing vine produces large, white, bell-shaped flowers on vines up to 20'. Rare, white flowered variety. Multiple tendrils grasp easily to rough surfaces like stone walls or a trellis. Can also be grown in large pots. Plants prefer sunny areas and a nice light, rich soil. Hardy to zone 7 and easily grown as an annual in colder climates.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
W184 Chilean Glory Vine ( Eccremocarpus tresco mix )
Vigorous vines that grow 10 feet tall and produce many attractive flowers. The flowers come in a wide range of colors and the plants are very fast growing with tendrils and twining stems. The light green leaves are small, ovate in shape boldly veined. This species is grown as a half hardy annual, but plants grow from tuberous roots that produce new plants in warm locations. Plants do not transplant well, so start in deep cell plugs or in large pots were the plants are to grow. Very attractive to hummingbirds. Thrives on heat in full sun and only needs moderate moisture and a soil with good drainage. Wet soils cause root rot and cool temps slow plant growth. A March sowing produces flowering in July and plants will bloom until knocked down by cold in the fall. This selection is nice grown on walls and fences or scrambling into shrubs or small trees. Can also be grown in a cool greenhouse. Annual, or perennials in zones 8-11.
  2mg package ( about 8-10 seeds ) $2.95
W185 Trumpet Vine ( Campsis radicans )
Hummingbirds love this plant! A very vigorous growing climber with aerial roots and the ability to grow to 20-30'. The flowers are attractive with a rich orange and scarlet-red combination and shaped like little trumpets. They are between 2 to 3 inches long, and 1 to 2 inches wide. When this plant is in bloom, it can be quite stunning. Frost hardy perennial that can be grown as an annual in cold zones, or perennials in zones 4-9.
This easily grown vine has been cultivated in North America since Colonial times. It is best used in woodland gardens and natural areas where it has space to grow. It will quickly cover fences and other structures and keeping it in bounds may require some effort on your part - especially in fertile soils. In frost free areas growth is rampant and the vines should be cut back in winter to keep the vine in bounds. The vines also sucker freely from the roots and these can be managed with lawn mower and shears during the summer to prevent rampant colonization.
It's easy to grow trumpet creeper on arbors but remember that the aerial roots use a powerful adhesive substance to cement themselves to supports which almost certain to ruin paint surfaces. Trumpet vine is not recommended for planting near structures.
Trumpet creeper is one of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds to your yard as it produces quantities of nectar rich blossoms all summer long.
The trumpet shaped flowers are big and beautiful and will attract hordes of hummingbirds from miles around.
  40mg package ( about 8-10 seeds ) $2.95
IM001 Carolina Snailseed ( Cocculus carolinus )
Also known as Red-berried Moonseed, Carolina Moonseed, Coral-bead, Coral-seed, Coral Vine, and sometimes Wild Sarsaparilla.
In late summer and early fall, Carolina snailseed's long clusters of brilliant red fruits can be seen dangling from high in tall trees as well over shrubs and anything else nearby. It is a slender, twining vine that grows in rich soils, swampy areas, forest margins, often near streams, in the eastern half of Texas. Birds are fond of the fruit and have planted most of the plants found climbing up trees and shrubs. The common name refers to the seed, which resembles a snail shell. Does well in sun or shade, a good fence cover. Hardy for zones 5-7. Perennial.
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RHM026 Madagascar Rubber Vine Cryptostegia madagascariensis
A thin twining vine to 30' with large purple flowers on short stems. Produces twin seed pods laden with silky white floss. Leaves are oval to triangular. Needs warmth and bright light. Always in demand. For warm climate or greenhouse.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
D8566 Cassabanana ( Sicana odorifera )
Needs hot weather to set fruit, best grown in higher zones. The vine is perennial, herbaceous, fast-growing, heavy, requiring a strong trellis; climbing trees to 50 ft (15 m) or more by means of 4-parted tendrils equipped with adhesive discs that can adhere tightly to the smoothest surface. Young stems are hairy. The leaves are gray-hairy, rounded-cordate or rounded kidney-shaped, to 1 ft wide, deeply indented at the base, 3-lobed, with wavy or toothed margins, on petioles 1 1/2 to 4 3/4 in (4-12 cm) long. Flowers are white or yellow, urn-shaped, 5-lobed, solitary, the male 3/4 in (2 cm) long, the female about 2 in (5 cm) long. Renowned for its strong, sweet, agreeable, melon-like odor, the striking fruit is ellipsoid or nearly cylindrical, sometimes slightly curved; 12 to 24 in (30-60 cm) in length, 2 3/4 to 4 1/2 in (7-11.25 cm) thick, hard-shelled, orange-red, maroon, dark-purple with tinges of violet, or entirely jet-black; smooth and glossy when ripe, with firm, orange-yellow or yellow, cantaloupe-like, tough, juicy flesh, 3/4 in (2 cm) thick. In the central cavity, there is softer pulp, a soft, fleshy core, and numerous flat, oval seeds, 5/8 in (16 mm) long and 1/4 in (6 mm) wide, light-brown bordered with a dark-brown stripe, in tightly-packed rows extending the entire length of the fruit.
The cassabanana is believed native to Brazil but it has been spread throughout tropical America. Historians have evidence that it was cultivated in Ecuador in pre-Hispanic times. It was first mentioned by European writers in 1658 as cultivated and popular in Peru. It is grown near sea-level in Central America but the fruit is carried to markets even up in the highlands. Venezuelans and Brazilians are partial to the vine as an ornamental, but in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico it is grown for the usefulness of the fruit.

In 1903, O.F. Cook saw one fruit in a market in Washington, D.C. The United States Department of Agriculture received seeds from C.A. Miller, the American Consul in Tampico, Mexico, in 1913 (S.P.I. #35136). H.M. Curran collected seeds in Brazil in 1915 (S.P.I. #41665). Wilson Popenoe introduced seeds from Guatemala in 1916 (S.P.I. #43427). The author brought seeds from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, to the Agricultural Research and Education Center, Homestead, in 1951. A resulting vine grew to large size but produced a single 2 ft (60 cm) fruit. Dr. John Thieret, formerly Professor of Botany at Southwestern Louisiana University, says that the Cajuns in the southern part of that state grow the cassabanana for making preserves. Verrill stated in 1937, "The fruit is now on sale in New York markets."
Fenzi says that the cassabanana is grown from seeds or cuttings. A high temperature during the fruiting season is needed to assure perfect ripening. Brazilians train the vine to grow over arbors or they may plant it close to a tree. However, if it is allowed to climb too high up the tree there is the risk that it may smother and kill it. The cassabanana remains in good condition for several months if kept dry and out of the sun. The fruit has high market value in Puerto Rico. It is cut up and sold by the piece, the price being determined by weight.
The ripe flesh, sliced thin, is eaten raw, especially in the summer when it is appreciated as cooling and refreshing. However, it is mainly used in the kitchen for making jam or other preserves. The immature fruit is cooked as a vegetable or in soup and stews.
People like to keep the fruit around the house, and especially in linen- and clothes-closets, because of its long-lasting fragrance, and they believe that it repels moths. It is also placed on church altars during Holy Week.
Medicinal Uses: In Puerto Rico, the flesh is cut up and steeped in water, with added sugar, overnight at room temperature so that it will ferment slightly. The resultant liquor is sipped frequently and strips of the flesh are eaten, too, to relieve sore throat. It is believed beneficial also to, at the same time, wear a necklace of the seeds around the neck.
The seed infusion is taken in Brazil as a febrifuge, vermifuge, purgative and emmenagogue. The leaves are employed in treating uterine hemorrhages and venereal diseases. In Yucatan, a decoction of leaves and flowers (2 g in 180cc water) is prescribed as a laxative, emmenagogue and vermifuge, with a warning not to make a stronger preparation inasmuch as the seeds and flowers yield a certain amount of hydrocyanic acid.

  Package of 2 seeds $2.00
TRM143 Corkscrew Vine Vigna Caracalla
A very hard seed to come by, only available for a short period of time each year. An absolutely gorgeous, exotic looking vine with breathtakingly beautiful fragrant flowers in shades of purple, cream and yellow. Blooms grow in 12 inch long coiled clusters on 20 foot vines from mid-summer thru fall. This is a vine that is easy to germinate and grow and provides beauty and fragrance for years to come. A perennial in warmer climates, and an annual elsewhere, Corkscrew Vine can be dug and wintered over for a bigger, stronger vine the following year. Plant near a patio or window where the fragrance can be enjoyed and the blooms admired.
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D8509 Kiwi Fruit ( Actindia chinensis )
Cold hardy to zone 4. Kiwis are vigorous vines. They cannot support their own weight and will spread up to 30 feet. They require strong support such as trellis, arbor, or fence. In nature, they grow up into trees. Training to the south side of a building is excellent for the small planting. Kiwi vines are heavy feeders and like their roots to be in warm soil. A mature kiwi vine can produce 200 pounds of fruit.
Kiwis require special training and pruning to produce good crops. When planted, the vines should be pruned back to 4 or 5 buds. From these a main stem should be selected and staked to grow to the top of the arbor or trellis, usually 6-7’ high. The trellis should be strong to support the heavy future fruit loads.
Kiwis are beautiful vines. Their vigorous spring growth is a spectacular sight. Excellent for a privacy screen, they will rapidly cover a fence and with support will cover a wall or steep slope. Kiwis grow in a manner similar to grapes but more rapidly. They are very high in Vitamin C. (Ten times as much as lemons.) They are excellent for eating fresh and are a tasty addition to salads and desserts. Ice cream, pies, jam and wine are other ways to use kiwis.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D8581 Issai Kiwi ( Actinidia )
Small 1" fruits with a very sweet taste. The vines will grow vigorously and bears loads of small fruit that is great for salads, desert or jelly. A vigorous, fast-growing, deciduous, woody vine that grows 25-30' but can fill a 200 sq. ft. trellis in time. Grown for its foliage and edible fruit. Foliage is a lustrous dark green throughout the growing season. Flowers appear in May-June and are slightly fragrant and greenish white, but are not particularly showy since they are largely hidden by the foliage. This cultivar does not require a separate male pollinator plant. Smooth-skinned kiwi fruits ripen in early fall and are the size of a large grape. It tastes similar to, though slightly sweeter than, its larger-fruited relative, the true kiwi, Actinidia deliciosa, which can not be grown north of Zone 8.
  Package of 6 seeds $1.95
IP073 Artic Kiwi, Siberian Gooseberry Actinidia arguta
A strong-growing vine with dense, dark green foliage. The fragrant but inconspicuous white flowers appear in early spring. The fruit, which ripens in late summer or fall, is about 3/4"-11/4" long. It tastes much like the commercial kiwi fruit, to which it is closely related, but is somewhat sweeter and has smooth skin. The seeds are very small and not noticeable, so eating the fruits is somewhat like eating large seedless grapes. Most selections should be hardy to around -30° F. In the native Asian habitat of this species the vines typically grow wild in trees, where they are known to climb as high as 100'.
  15mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
SO317 Hawaiian Woodrose ( Merremia tuberosa )
A very interesting vine with deep cut 5-7 lobed foliage that can easily be grown inside. The yellow flowers are followed by woody pod fruits that when opened, resemble a wooden rose.
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D9807 Baby Woodrose ( Argyreia Nervosa )
Tropical, zone 10 or higher, but good tub plant for patio or greenhouse. A very popular tropical climber with wide heart shaped leaves and beautiful rose pink flowers. A native of eastern India and Bangladesh, this vigorous twiner will grow 30 ft (9 m) or more into the treetops, but can be trained over a post or stump and kept trimmed to a moundlike form. A dense white down covers both young stems and leaf undersides. The leaves are ovate-cordate, to 1 foot across, white tomentose beneath with lateral veins conspicuous on the undersides. Tight clusters of trumpet-shaped bright pink flowers about 2 in (5 cm) across on pedicels to 6 inches long appear among the foliage in spring and summer.
Poisonous Plant Parts - Not for Human Consumption
  Package of 8 seeds $2.75
D8517 Kangaroo Vine ( Cissus antartica )
A great inside plant, or hardy to zone 9 outside. This vigorous climber has green leaves and climbs with tendrils. It bears small flowers and edible fruits. It is most commonly used as an indoor foliage plant in colder areas and prefers well composted soil with ample moisture. Native grapes from the Kangaroo vine were eaten by the Aborigines and the early settlers in Australia, where it is native to. They have a grape-like taste but can irritate the throat if eaten in large numbers. The Kangaroo vine is a favorite for covering screens and other large areas. It grows about 10 ft. tall and covers its supports with leathery leaves.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D8537 Virginia Creeper Vine ( Parthenocissus quinquefolia )
Virginia creeper is a fast-growing, high-climbing vine that attaches itself with tendrils which expand, disk-like, on their tips. The deciduous leaves are palmately compound with (typically) five leaflets radiating outward from a central petiole (leaf stem) like spokes on a wheel. Each leaflet is about 3"-7" long and an inch or two wide. The leaves turn fiery red in fall and are very showy. The individual flowers are tiny and inconspicuous, and arranged in elaborate long-stemmed clusters, with each flower at the tip of its own peduncle (flower stem); such an inflorescence is called a cyme. The whole inflorescence is about 4"-6" across. The berries are blue-black, less than a half-inch across and much relished by birds.
Native to eastern North America, from Quebec to Florida, and west to Texas. Hardy throughout USDA Zones 3-9. Virginia creeper occurs in all kinds of woods and in clearings and on hedge rows. There are another 9 or 10 species of Parthenicissus in Japan and China.
Easy to grow, Virginia creeper can get out of hand if not managed. It will send up sprouts and seed itself, and established plantings may smother shrubs and trees. Virginia creeper will thrive in most soils, in sun or partial shade, with or without a structure to climb on. Grow in different shades of light (filtered) shade; part sun; full sun.
Virginia creeper is favored for its brilliant fall foliage and as a manitenance-free ground cover. When allowed to clamber over trees or other tall structures, it develops elongated leafy festoons that are especially showy. Where there is nothing to climb, it attaches to the ground with adventitious roots, and makes an excellent cover for slopes or other places where grass is not practical or desired. ( Our thanks to www.floridata.com for use of the photo )
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
RLP088 Himalayan Grape Vine ( Parthenocissus himalayana )
Parthenocissus himalayana is a deciduous climber growing 20 feet or more at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The green flowers are followed by black, edible, sweet fruits (grapes) that can be used for jellies or sauces. Parthenocissus semicordata will adapt well in most humid, warm-temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above. The seeds need cold stratification for 6 weeks after sowing, but even then, germination may be somewhat erratic.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
D8539 Velvet Bean ( Mucuna pruriens )
Grow as an annual in cooler zones, biennial in zone 9b and higher. A fast growing tropical vine to 60 ft. with large leaves and purple flowers in huge clusters. Has 3" velvety pods filled with marbled beans.
The seed pods, about 4 inch long, are covered with very small velvety hairs that can be very painful on contact with the skin. The seeds resemble the eye of a bull; they are often collected and made into lovely necklaces and bracelets.
The seeds of nescafe in the pods are rich in amino acid L dopa, precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is applied to patients suffering from Parkinson disease. L Dopa stimulates human growth hormone released by the pituitary gland. Mucuna pruriens increases testosterone levels.
Mucuna is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and also used as an aphrodisiac by the natives.
The toasted ground seeds are used as a coffee substitute in Brazil; the young pods are cooked and eaten in India.
The seeds, pods and young leaves are edible, but require special treatment to render them non-toxic. A valuable soil improver, and cattle forage.
  Package of 4 seeds $1.95
D8564 Passion Fruit ( Passiflora edulis )
Zone 7 and higher. This vine, native to the Amazon, produces beautiful flowers and sweet-tart fruit. It was named by the Spanish missionaries in South America who saw the Passion (suffering) of Christ represented in its flowers. Passion fruit is widely grown throughout the tropics and subtropics. The fruit is produced on a woody vine from bisexual flowers. The fruit is somewhat tart, has a hard purple or yellow rind, and contains many black seeds. Passion fruit is commonly used in beverages. Grow on fences or trellises, or allow it to scramble over shrubs and trees.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
Z2101 Black Pepper Vine (Piper Nigrum)
A vigorous tropical vine with glossy green leaves grown for commercial production of pepper. Can be grown on trellises or used as a basket plant. A low germinating seed, we ship 10 seeds to a pack.
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 Price per pack 10 seeds: $4.50
D8568 Coral Vine ( Antigonon Leptopus )
Also called Mountain Rose. Ideal for dry climates. This slender vine with pointed, heart-shaped leaves grows from 30' to 40'. Masses of small white or rose-pink flowers bloom in late summer and autumn. A rapidly growing climber that holds on by tendrils, it will quickly cover adjacent plants and structures
Will grow up to 30 ft. in one summer. Maintenance free, winter hardy vine. Zones 9-10. The tops of this tropical plant are killed back by freezes but will quickly recover from the roots.
Use as a landscape plant. It's perfect for covering fences or climbing trellises with a splash of bright color. This vine does well in urban plantings, because it tolerates air pollution, restricted space, inadequate sunshine and poor soil. A rampant grower, it may need periodic grooming when planted in small spaces.
  Package of 3 seeds $1.95
D8570 American Bittersweet ( Celastrus Scandens )
A decorative vine with light green leaves and massive amounts of scarlet berries. A very good landscape vine. It requires little care, grows quickly and has beautiful colored foliage in fall. Trim branches in fall before frost for indoor decoration. A good highlight plant for troubleareas. Hardy for zones 3-8. Flowers small, green, and clustered. Fruits orange clustered pods that open to reveal scarlet seed coverings. Climbs to 60'.
Bittersweet fruits are eaten by songbirds, ruffed grouse, pheasant, and fox squirrel. In the dark and superstitious past, shepherds hung bittersweet around the necks of those sheep which were suspected to be under the evil eye.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
D8587 Banana Passion Fruit ( Passiflora Mollissima )
For warmer zones, can be greenhouse grown, or in tubs on patio. A beautiful vine with large 3-lobed leaves followed by edible yellow fruits 4" in length. Cannot ship to HI.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D9885 Boston Ivy ( Parthenocissus tricuspidata )
The famous ivy of the North that grows just about anywhere. Attractive glossy green foliage on a climbing perennial vine that will cover just about anything.
  Package of 20 seeds $2.50
TRM046 Ivy Broomrape Orobanche hederae
This is one of the most interesting seeds that we have ever offered. Completely devoid of chlorophyll, it is entirely dependent for its existence on the host plant, in this case the common Ivy (and no other plant), to the roots of which it attaches itself and forms underground tubers.
From these eventually arise the flowering shoots bearing terminal spikes of strangely attractive, almost orchid-like (indeed very like some species of saprophytic orchids) flowers, cream in colour strongly veined with purple.
Cultivation is simplicity itself; merely mix the very fine seed with some dry silver sand and sprinkle around the host plant (it has to be Ivy - but then, who hasnīt got some of that in their garden), and water in so that as far as possible the seeds are actually in contact with the roots. Then forget them. Nothing will show for 12 months or so (only the flowers appear above the ground) until the plants bloom, which evidently they do with some dependability. Incidentally, the host plant apparently does not suffer in any way from these activities, causing no harm to the ivy.
 250 tiny seeds $3.95
NB73 Frangipani Vine Chonemorpha macrophylla
This large-leafed, coarse vine from India featurs large clusters of blooms with a subtle fragrance, best in full sun and acid soil. Large shiny leaves, prominent veins, superb white similar to Frangipani, propellor shaped, delicious rich scent. Flowers are pure white with yellow center. Use it on larger structures (trellises, columns), or allow it to ramble over tall trees. This is a stunning vine, flowering profusely from May - July; one of the powerful lianas of the Indian and Malayan forests, climbing to the tops of the tallest trees. This plant goes dormant in subtropical climate and usually loses leaves if temperature gets below 60F, but it is somewhat cold tolerant (30-40F) and can survive mild frost for a short period.
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3322 Pink Pandora Vine ( Bower Vine ) Pandorea jasminoides pink
Pandorea is an excellent vine to grow in large containers. When outfitted with a trellis these make beautiful portable screens of foliage that can be moved around as needed to block an eyesore or just to create a romantic mood.
Several times a year this talented vine covers inself in large fragrant flowers causing you to congratulate yourself for having the luck to grow this beautiful vine. Graceful form, attractive foliage and a rather rapid rate of growth make pandorea a perfect vine for covering arbors, trellises, summer houses and other structures in warm climates. Bower vine looks great growing on a tree with the flowers cascading down the trunk.
Bower vine, or pandorea, is a bushy, twining vine with woody stems and pinnate, evergreen leaves. The 5-9 lance shaped leaflets are 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) long. Fragrant pink to red tubular flowers are clustered in hanging panicles. They bloom in warm weather, from spring through summer.
USDA Zones 8-9. Pandorea is evergreen in USDA Zone 9, and a returning perennial in zone 8 if the roots are protected during hard freezes.
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3211 Blue Pea Vine ( Clitoria ternatea )
One of our favorite plants for hanging baskets, blooms in only 6 weeks from seed. A fast growing climber with beautiful blue and sometimes white flowers. It can be grown in baskets and containers, and blooms all year, or it can be grown outside on trellis or fence. A drought hardy plant which can be used as a fast growing screen along fences. Attracts butterflies. Produces a small pea type seed which is used as food in the Phillipines.
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