Cup and saucer plant

Cobaea scandens f. alba

Cup and saucer plant - Cobaea scandens f. alba

Common Name: Cup and saucer plant
Genus: Cobaea
Species: scandens f. alba

Category: Climbers & Wall Shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This fast growing evergreen perennial climber will quickly cover a sunny wall, arch or obelisk and produce large, sweetly-scented flowers from midsummer to the first frosts. A rarer form of Cobaea, the white, bell-shaped flowers add an exotic touch to a summer planting scheme. Plant it near a window or busy pathway to enjoy the perfume.

  • Garden care: Sow the seeds vertically 1cm deep in deep pots using freely-draining compost and water well. Keep them warm under glass (ideally at 18C) and pot on when large enough to handle. Harden off gradually and plant outside after all risk of frost has passed. Plants can be overwintered under glass but are mainly grown as annuals in the UK.

  • Sow: February-May

  • Flowering: July-October

  • Approximate quantity: 15 seeds.