Need a blue flowering summer vine

heidiho(St. Martinville, La. Zn.8)February 7, 2012

I have a homemade arbor type trellis and need advice on flowering vines to put around it.

Would like something blue/purple.

Thought of morning glory's but I would like to have flowers all day instead of just morning.

It's in full sun and the summers are long and hot and sometimes very dry down here in south Louisiana.

Thanks for your time and have a nice day.

It's in full sun.

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I would recommend the blue pea vine, its has beautiful blue flowers. I have mine in afternoon sun, my friend Billy has hers in shade. Since we did not have a freeze, mine is still alive. It does reseed, so you will always have new plants. Barbra

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 7:28AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Honey, I suggested the same vine to Heidi on the LA/MS forum. Someone mentioned it on another forum last year. How much does it reseed? Is it as bad as cypress vine?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 11:38AM
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I've had clitoria grown for several years; and they do reseed so be careful. I don't believe they are as bad as red cypress vine which I had...I try to deadhead before they set seeds.
If you need seeds, I have some.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 3:44PM
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I've had no problem at all, its not invasive. I actually pull the seed pods, open then sow the seeds. Its nothing like that mexican petunia plant. I really do like this plant, and strongly recommend it to other gulf coast gardeners. This is the first year mine did not freeze. I can't wait to see what happens this year. You will love the color. Barbra

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 9:23PM
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heidiho(St. Martinville, La. Zn.8)

Would love to have clitoria seeds if you have extra ones.
Check your e-mail for my address and additional info.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 10:01AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I think I might look for seeds and give it a try this year. Do butterflies use it?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 3:53PM
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I did not know the answer to your question, so I went to Daves Garden Web,looked under plant file for the clitoria. Plants are atrractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. There were 16 positive coments, 3 netural, and 0 negative. It is also known as Butterfly Pea Vine. It said to soak the seeds overnight before planting and you should have a 100% success rate. I did not kknow this before. Barbra

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 2:24PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Thanks Honey! I ordered some seeds from someone on Etsy.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 7:30PM
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I do not know the amount of sun you get on your trellis but I have seen a beautiful baby blue climbing rose that reached 10 to 20 feet on a chain link fence in East Columbia Texas years ago.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 8:20PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Anyone know how long it takes for blue pea vine seeds to germinate? I soaked them for a few hours, then sowed directly in the garden almost 2 weeks ago. No sign of growth yet.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 10:48AM
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jon987(Zn 8)

i just planted a "Cobaea scandens" monastery bells vine. I've never grown it but I've seen nice pictures. Its supposed to hardy to Zone 9.

Here is a link that might be useful: monastery bells

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 11:57AM
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A nice perennial vine is Blue sky vine, A thunbergia, I don't know the second part. It get really large blooms late summer until frost Mine died all the way to ground and comes back like gangbusters in North Florida.

James in Florida

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 12:39AM
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