Non-Flowering Vine - Knowledgebase Question

Ventura, CA
Question by bdgates
July 19, 2005
I work at a school. Part of the students are developmentally delayed. We need to plant a vine on a chain-link fence to screen our campus from the parking lot of an adjoining high school campus. We would like a flowering vine, but because of the population of handicaped students, must avoid anything with thorns or anything that would attract bees. We wonder about honeysuckle vine. Would that attract honey bees? How about morning glory vines? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
July 19, 2005


I'm afraid any vine that flowers will attract bees. Honeysuckle generally flowers on new shoots which develop on old wood. If you trim it correctly, you can have all of the new growth develop high up in the vine, out of reach and out of harm's way. This way your students can enjoy watching from a distance. I think it would be the best choice for your campus. Best wishes with your landscape!

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