Looking for vine safe for children

ironyuppieMay 14, 2010


im looking for a vine that will climb a metal chain link fence about 5 ft high.

It gets moderate sun but problably more shade.

Before any research i had thought of Boston ivy, thats i guess what type im interested in. Although i had come to a snag in that it is highly toxic if ingested and peopel have allergic reactions to it.

Is there a nice vine similar to that one that is not allergic adn would not be a problem to small children? Its for a daycare facility.

thanks alot

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As far as I know my trumpet honeysuckle isn't toxic. It's also not invasive and I haven't noticed bees being interested in it much. Pretty and blooms, here in Alabama anyway, just about all year round.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 9:19PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

You could try a grapevine or two. There is not one toxic thing about a grapevine. Problem is, they go dormant in the winter, and need to be pruned to get grapes, but in spring you can make delicious Greek Dolmadas for the kids with the leaves, and the children can eat the grapes when they are ripe. There are several seedless varieties that grow in cooler areas. I think Vanessa is one. Just a suggestion.
And on top of that, when the vines get established, you can root cuttings in water, and the kids can get a lesson in watching them grow in plastic pots.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 3:45PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Avoid the honeysuckle....the seeds can cause problems, especially for small children.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 6:29AM
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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

I have been planting Carolina Jessamine on my iron work and chain link fence. It's native, evergreen and has very brilliant yellow flowers in early spring.

I don't know if it's toxic.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 4:10PM
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