Friday, 2 October 2009

The fantastic late colour of Cobaea

Having grown these lovely late flowers at our last house, we planted seed in late January. All Spring and Summer, things progressed very slowly and we thought we wouldn't get blooms befor the end of the season. However, with the garden looking a bit tired at the moment, partly due to the lack of rain over the last 5-6 weeks, they have come onto their own, adding to the Dahlias and Chrysanthemums, etc and making a bit of extra late colour.

Cobaea scandens

This is a native of Mexico, so is only an annual here, unable to survive the early frosts.However, it is genuinely spectacular, in its climbing and its blooms.

Charles Darwin was so impressed that he studied cobaea for his book The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants (1875).

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