Snailvine Information - Knowledgebase Question

Albuquerque, NM
Question by gffsshadow
April 14, 2000
Can you give me any information on "Snailvine"? Where can I buy seeds and what kind of care do they need. I can't find out much about this plant.


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2000

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Vigna caracalla, also sold as Phaseolus giganteus, is a twining perennial vine that can grow to 20 feet. This fast-growing vine is often used as a bank cover or ground cover. It can also be grown up a trellis to add
color and fragrance to a garden or patio. Its fragrant white or yellow flowers are
unusual both for their "snail" shape and their violet blush
color. It grows well in full sun and average soil.

A wholesale source that may be able to tell you who carries the seeds is Royal Lane Nursery, Inc. - Fruitvale, TX - 903/896-4485

I also found seeds available at the garden shop at Monticello. You can reach them on-line at www.monticello.org. Good luck!

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