This rare and distinctive climbing perennial species was originally collected as seed from the Western Heights overlooking Kunming, Yunnan. A vigorous climber, it twines up scrub and through shrubs adding colour in mid to late summer when its attractive purple-blue flowers open. It bears large shiny palmate leaves, and produces generous axillary inflorescences of long-stemmed flowers 5cm long, these are composed of a large upper helmet-shaped petal. It performs bestt growing into the sun in any good soil.
Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months, sometimes up to a year in cold, damp compost, (NOT DRY IN A FRIDGE) before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold greenhouse or shady corner and do not discard. These fresh seeds can be very slow to germinate but do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism causing them to enter even deeper dormancy. Plant out where it can climb through a shrub or hedge.
Classification:Hardy climber, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)