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FutureStarrWhite Bower Vine
The sprawling evergreen with twining stems climbs to twenty feet with pointed, dark glossy green foliage with divided leaves and woody stems. A variegated form has green leaves with white edges. In the spring and continuing through the first frost, large, beautiful, slightly fragrant, whitish-pink flowers appear. The varieties ‘Southern Belle’, ‘Charisma’ and ‘Rosea’ have a distinctive reddish-pink center. The varieties ‘Alba’ and ‘Lady Di’ have pure white flowers. After blooming, the plant produces large fruits that contain many seeds. Use this graceful looking vine in containers and to cover arbors, trellises and fences. It can also be used to train, cascade, or twine along a wall or post. The bower vine is native to Queensland and North South Wales, Australia.
Pandorea jasminoides 'Alba' (White Bower Vine) - An evergreen vine with leaves split into 5-7 shiny oval leaflets. Funnel-shaped pure white flowers bloom in the summer through fall. Can reach heights of 20-30 feet tall if given support. Plant in full sun or partial shade and water regularly to occasionally. We originally listed this plant as hardy to 20ï¿½ F but have had reports of the pink form thriving in USDA Zone 8a as a perennial restrooting from the roots after nightime lows in the mid teens. It is likely that this white form is equally hardy. A very nice decorative plant that climbs with support and blooms much of the year and can be neatly kept on a small trellis or fence. It grows very well in shade but flowers best when in full sun. It can be kept trimmed and resprouts from heavy wood if cut hard.
This plant is from Southeastern Queensland and along the north coast of New South Wales in Australia where it grows in the understory and climbs up into tall trees. The name for the genus is from Pandora of Greek mythology, who was the first mortal woman sent to earth by the gods - the name is derived from the Greek words 'Pan' meaning "all" and 'doran' meaning 'gift'. The French botanist Edouard Spach first used the name to describe the genus in 1840 reportedly because the fruit, a capsule with numerous brown winged seeds, somehow reminded him of Pandoraï¿½s Box. The specific epithet means like a jasmine. Other common names include Bower Climber and Bower of Beauty. We have grown both this plant and the pink flowering form Pandorea jasminoides since 1982. We also grow the yellow and red flowering Pandorea pandorana 'Golden Showers'. (Source: www.smgrowers.com)