- 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 semi-evergreen climber, with beautiful maroon-chocolate flowers that have an spicy fragrance with just a hint of vanilla. Appearing in spring, they stand out against the bright green, three-lobed leaves, which have a purple tinge in winter. It's excellent for training against a wall or over a pergola, and in warmer years, it can produce large sausage-shaped fruits - if you have 2 plants of the same species that can cross pollinate.
- 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