Snail Tree

Vigna caracalla | Phaseolus caracalla

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

£8.99

A close relative to the runner bean

Pendants of twisted flowers, like coiled snail shells

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This evergreen twining climber is a close relative to the runner bean. Grown for its pendants of twisted flowers, like coiled snail shells, up to 5cm (2") across. The fascinating summer flowers are followed by cylindrical green fruits in late autumn. Requiring a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F), Vigna is best grown in a heated greenhouse or conservatory. Alternatively, grow in patio containers that can be moved indoors for the winter. Height: 6m (20'). Spread: 2m (6'). Supplied in 9cm pots.

Height Up to 600cm (237in)
Spread Up to 200cm (79in)

Hardy Perennial

conservatorygreenhousepatiowalls and fences

sun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


1 snail tree plant in 9cm pot (V17753)

Grow the snail flower plant in a warm conservatory, heated greenhouse, or patio container. Plant in containers of loam based compost such as John Innes No.2. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support, such as a climbing frame, trellis or horizontal wires attached to walls. Alternatively grow snail flowers outdoors as an annual. Plant in sunny, well drained borders, against a sheltered fence or wall.
Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season. Position container grown plants on a sunny patio from May to October. Return them to a bright warm greenhouse for the winter at a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F). Prune lightly after flowering to contain the plant within its allocated space.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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