Rhodochiton atrosanguineus is a quickly growing climber with heart-shaped leaves and stems that coil around any support. Although perennial in warm climates, in cooler areas it is usually grown as an annual, flowering from late summer until the first hard frost.
The flowers hang down on slender stalks with a bell-shaped, violet-pink calyx contrasting with almost black corolla, which has a long tube and five rounded lobes.
Bell vine is cultivated as an ornamental. This vigorous climber is perfect for a wall, trellis or pergola. Excellent for hanging baskets.
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Genus - Rhodochiton
Species - Atrosanguineus
Variety - Violet
Common name - Bell Vine
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 11
Height - 3 - 4 m
Plant type - Annual / Perennial flower, climber
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Hanging baskets, wall, trellis, pergola
Bloom season - July - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Violet
Sow indoors from January-April.
A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds.
Sow by pressing into the soil or compost. Water well and place in a warm position.
A temperature of +15-20C is ideal. Keep moist.
Seedlings usually appear in 14-42 days.
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