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Periploca - Growing Guide

Growing Peripolca graeca

Commonly known as ‘Silk Vine’

As its name implies, this is a vigorous, twining, deciduous climber from south east Europe. It is perfectly hardy and will grow to 20 or more feet in a well drained soil and a warm site on a wall or trellis. It is not that well known or grown in the UK.

The stems exude a milky juice when cut which is poisonous. The flowers appear from short lateral shoots in small clusters of eight to twelve individual flowers which are 2-3in across in July and August. They are star shaped and greenish yellow outside and purplish-brown inside. The scent is not something to savour!

The seed pods appear in pairs and are 6in long and united at the tip. Each seed a remarkable tuft of silky hairs at the end and they are 1½in long.

It may be worth growing for its peculiar seeds alone. The seeds should be sown in the spring in a warm greenhouse.

We have seen these seeds in the nursery on young plants.

Periploca graecaclick for larger image
Paulownia graeca
Periploca graecaclick for larger image
Paulownia graeca
Periploca graecaclick for larger image
Paulownia graeca
Periploca graecaclick for larger image
Paulownia graeca


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