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Mikania scandens

Wild climbing hempweed

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height1m to 4m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourWhite pink purple yellow
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Mikania scandens (Wild climbing hempweed). A twining, evergreen climber with evergreen, triangular, glossy green leaves 5-10cm. From late summer bears small, dense corymbs of vanilla scented whiteish-pink flowers. From North and South America.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and flower heads.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Support for stems is needed and ties may be necessary. Thin out congested growth in spring.

Propagation

Semi-ripe or softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids may be a problem.

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