Vigna Caracalla versus Phaseolus Caracalla

aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. CanadaSeptember 19, 2011

It seems both of these are called snail vine but one's fragrant and one isn't. I bought seed for what is supposed to be the fragrant one last year, Phaseolus Caracalla the 'Corkscrew Vine', supposable the fragrant one. I wintered the vine (only one seed germinated) in a cool greenhouse and it looks like it has a few flower buds coming so I moved it back into the greenhouse, maybe I'll get to see which one I really have soon.

Is Vigna Caracalla the unscented 'Snail Vine' and Phaseolus Caracalla the scented 'Corkscrew Vine'? Has anyone ever sorted this out.


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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

After some searching I think Vigna Caracalla is the scented 'Corkscrew Vine'. The flowers are totally different on these two vines, so the unscented one must be the snail vine.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 4:15PM
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I meant to do some research on this but I can to a dead end. I will say this. I have it growing and I have the fragrant one. I bought my original plaqnt from Monticello. Jefferson's Monticello is where I originally saw this plant and the aroma is sensed long before the plant is seen. I have had mine 5 years and each year it produces more blooms and the intensity of the fragrance also increases. So I would suggest you order from them because I knoww it is fragrant. They also root very easily and mine produces a small amount of seed each year. Rodger

Here is a link that might be useful: Vigna Caracalla

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 11:59AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Thanks Roger, I did a crosspost on the vine forum and think I've got it sorted out now. The right name for the fragrant one is Vigna Caracalla according to this.... I have to wait a bit to see which one I actually have.


Here is a link that might be useful: Corkscrew or Snail

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 1:21PM
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