Name: Anne Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) Only dead fish go with the flow!
Trichosanthes kirilowii - one of the most amazing flowers I have ever seen! It's a night blooming vine and jaw dropping to watch opening. It has 'tentacles' that wave around when it starts to open. It's a solid zone 8 hardy plant - dies back and comes back bigger and better each year. Years ago I made a video of the flower opening .. it's not very good quality but I was at the mercy of my technology. I have better technology now and plan to make another video. Here's the link if you wish to see it: