If you have a 'coral vine' from Nelson, please read
This past spring I ordered a coral vine from a very reputable mail-order company. What arrived labeled as such was staked and semi-dormant. I trained what was staked to my trellis and waited for it to grow, which it did by leaps and bounds. As summer progressed I learned that cuttings rooted extremely easily. I took many and offered them as trades/freebies at the recent Oak Mtn. swap. Now the bad news...
As it turns out what I received was not a coral vine (antigonon leptus), but 'climbing boneset' (Mikania scandens), a native perennial vine (OK, weed!) that probably should not be introduced to your garden.
This is extremely embarrassing for me, but I planted exactly what I received thinking it was a coral vine. Not having grown this particular vine before, I didn't suspect that it was instead a weed until talking with Tony this weekend and then discussing it with another friend upon my return home. Prior to today my vine was bursting forth with blooms - just not the nice, pink ones I'd imagined it would have. What once was an exciting addition to my yard has now been snipped into a trillion little pieces and lays dying on the ground beneath the trellis :-(
If I gave you one please accept my apologies and do know that I will make up for it at the spring swap with something . I will be contacting the company that sent the vine tomorrow to see about a replacement or credit. I won't give their name or discredit them yet because I've had great luck with them in the past, and they deserve a chance to correct their error (I just wish it hadn't caused me such embarrassment!).
Please let me know how I can make up for "sharing" such a terrible weed :-) Believe me, I'll be very careful to not let this happen in the future.