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Petrea volubilis/Sandpaper Vine, Queen's Wreath

Petrea volubilis / Petrea volubilis
Lavender, star-shaped flowers
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Lavender, star-shaped flowers

Large, coarse textured leaves with a sandpaper-like surface

Flowers in April at the Houston Botanical Garden

Large, coarse textured foliage of this vine growing on an arbor

Flowers of this selection is almost white

Many flowers produced on racemes about a foot long

Flowers and foliage

Flowers in racemes like those of wisteria

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Scientific Name: Petrea volubilis
Common Name: Sandpaper Vine, Queen's Wreath
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White, Purple, Lavender
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: This semi-tropical vine produces very large, eight inch leaves that have a sandpaper like surface. Tresses of lavender tinted, almost white, to purple, funnel-shaped flowers occur from spring through fall. This vine grows fast, but cannot tolerate temperatures much below freezing.