PURPLE WREATH or SANDPAPER VINE
Petrea volubilis is a native of Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, it is a member of the Verbenaceae family.
It flowers in early spring and well into summer and can spot flower at other times. The most evident coloring is from the calyx of the flowers which is mauve/blue and then fades to greyish in color. The actual flower is an exquisite blue in the centre of the calyx, with flower clusters similar to Wisteria this tropical Queen’s Wreath is a twining climber or a 3metre x 3metre rounded shrub. It can be pruned successfully to be kept under control.
The leaves are long and feel like light sandpaper (another common name), they may turn blackish in cooler areas but never seem to become deciduous. It is best grown in full sun or partial shade and can grow from 3.5 metres to 10 metres if allowed. It is butterfly and bird attracting. It will stand a light frost without any real problems.
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