- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A very pretty climber, this has beautiful maroon-chocolate flowers which have an exotic spicy fragrance with a hint of vanilla, and appear in spring. They stand out against the bright green, three-lobed leaves, which have a purple tinge in winter. This unusual semi-evergreen climber is excellent for training against walls or up a pergola. If we have a warm spring, and then a long hot summer it can have large sausage-shaped fruits, but you do need 2 plants of the same species for fertilisation.
- Garden care: Prune back after flowering where necessary.
“Excellent for growing over a sturdy trellis or left to scramble though shrubs and small trees”
Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides
“This twining climber needs a fertile, garden hotspot on a pergola or arch - but once happy it produces clusters of chocolate-scented, wine-red flowers in spring - view from below!”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer