Cobaea scandens Cav.

Cup-and-saucer Vine

Vigorous, perennial, tendrilled climber grown as an annual and attaining over 5 m in a season. Leaves opposite, pinnate, roughish. Leaflets 4-6, 8-10 cm long, the terminal one a hooked tendril. Flowers 3.5-5 cm long, cup-and-saucer-like with broad mouths. Sepals forming a saucer-like structure to the flower cup, which is greenish and smelling of musk at first, but becoming pleasant-smelling and purplish with a white throat. Stamens bent and protruding from the mouth; summer to autumn.


Grown from seed, sometimes in pots.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Polemoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Cobaea scandens 'Alba'

Flowers white.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Polemoniaceae
genus        Cobaea Cav.