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Corkscrew vine

Vigna caracalla

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'Corkscrew vine' is a plant in the Vigna genus with a scientific name of Vigna caracalla.

Blooms start white, turn lavender, then golden yellow during the warmer months.
Short-lived (max 10 yrs) perennial climber, full size in 1-2 years.
Can be bit slow in the first year, then it goes insane.
Beans are small but edible.

A type of flower, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Corkscrew vine is known for growing with a vine habit to a height of approximately 3.00 metres (that's 9.75 feet in imperial). This plant tends to bloom in late summer.

Popular varieties of Corkscrew vine include: Vigna caracalla and Corkscrew vine (not snail vine).

Venezuela is believed to be where Corkscrew vine originates from.

Corkscrew vine is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Corkscrew vine have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Corkscrew vine

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Winter hardy in zones > 8
Regular moisture when hot.
Cut leaves and tendrils when you are happy with size to encourage blooming (doesn’t set much flower if tendrils are running).
Happy in any soil type.
Watch for red spidermite.

Corkscrew vine likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 8 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.5 and 8.0 as Corkscrew vine likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Corkscrew vine is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date.

See our list of companion Plants for Corkscrew vine to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Corkscrew vine from seed

Use pin to pierce coat and soak overnight.

Transplanting Corkscrew vine

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Corkscrew vine is a tender plant.

How long does Corkscrew vine take to grow?

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Corkscrew vine Etymology

*Caracalla = coming from Caracas, Venezuela.
*Vigna = Dominico Vigna, 17th cent. botanist

Other names for Corkscrew vine

Snail vine, Snail bean, Bertoni bean, Snail flower

Phaseolus caracalla, Cochliasanthus caracalla

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