Petrea volublis is a lovely, graceful, semi tropical vine that is native to Mexico and Central America. It is also known by several common names; Sandpaper Vine, Blue Bird Vine, Florida Wisteria, and Queens Wreath.
About the plant you will receive:
One (1) mature, well rooted starter size plant
Shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot
Vine will be a minimum of about 8 inches tall
Not likely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping
Suitable to grow outdoors Zones 9, 10, 11, (requires cold protection until well established)
The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association chose the Petrea Vine as Plant of the Year of 2003. It is a vigorous, easy to grow, and requires little care aside from regular pruning to provide gorgeous color in the spring and fall, and quick cover for fences, arbors, or large trellises.
The leaves have shades of olive green and rough sandpaper like texture. It blooms with hanging clusters (racemes) of vibrant purple in the spring and fall and will sometimes throw random bloom at other times.
Flowers last for several weeks. The main stem becomes quite hard and woody, making it easily trainable into a tree form as well. Another attractive treatment is to allow it to grow behind and over a fence, support, or wall. This vine lights up the landscape with hanging boughs of bright purple and is a very romantic and luxurious looking plant.
Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape.
When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11. Petreas can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely, be will eventually require very large pots.