Vines to Cover Stucco Walls - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by knwetlk
May 17, 2010
I live in Southern California. I understand creeping fig will damage stucco. What fast growing vining plants are recommended for covering large stucco walls?

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2010
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Any plant that actually attaches itself to stucco has the potential to damage the stucco. Ivy and creeping fig are especially troublesome because they attach themselves with sticky little appendages called peds. Once these peds attach themselves, they are next to impossible to remove, even if you pull down the plants. A better solution is to build a framework for plants to grow up, keeping the trellis or other framework 8-12 inches away from the stucco. This distance allows fresh air to circulate between the vine and the stucco which will maintain the integrity of the stucco and the health of the plant. Bougainvillea is the most common vine to grow, Carolina Jessamine, Lilac Vine, Clematis, Wisteria and Passionflower vine are also good choices.

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