Cup-and-saucer vine is an easy-to-grow annual that supplies a quantity of unique flowers from mid-summer until frost. The flowers look like little tea cups sitting in saucers.
Size and Method of Climbing:
Despite being an annual, this vine can grow up to 10 feet in a season. Cup-and-saucer vine climbs by tendrils that twist around a support such as a trellis, arbor, wires, or a chain-link fence.
Native geographic location and habitat:
Native to Mexico.
Bark color and texture:
The bark is gray and fairly smooth when young, maturing to shallowly furrowed.
Pinnately compound foliage that doesn’t change color in the fall.
The lightly fragrant flowers look like small tea cups sitting in saucers. Flowers start out greenish in color and turn to purple as they age. Occasionally plants will produce variegated flowers.
The fruit is a dry capsule that sits in the ‘saucer’. It is not ornamentally important.
Plant cup-and-saucer vine in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It is easy to grow from seed although seeds need to soak in warm water overnight. Plant them indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.
List of pests, diseases and tolerances:
No serious diseases or problems.