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Dipogon lignosus, 15 seeds
When is a Sweet Pea not a Sweet Pea and a Dolichos not a Hyacinth Bean ? When it is a Dipogon! :-) This romantic-looking, perennial twiner from South Africa is not well-known as it is relatively hard to find. Easy-to-germinate, quick to bloom, Dipogon lignosus can be grown as an annual where it is not hardy. Unlike annual Sweet Pea vines which flower only during cooler season, this Cape species has clusters of attractive, sweet grape-soda scented, 'squarish' pea flowers from spring through fall. Each bloom starts off magenta and pink, and then gradually fade to lilac. As the blooming season is long, one can usually see all the color variations at any one point in time. Green, trifoliate leaves. Hardy from zone 9 onwards. 6 feet or more. Full sun to part shade. Any soil type. Drought tolerant. Exclusive seeds, harvested 06/2011.
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