Sure, it’s all about the flowers. Huge flower clusters I can barely cup in two hands, dangle from the stems. They look like something from the tropics or Avatar, with a satin sheen. Touch them and they even feel fake; thick and rubbery petals.
But this is an amazing perennial vine that simply grows like hell. Need to screen out a neighbor? One a big fence, it makes a beautiful, solid green backdrop by June. Put it on an overhead arbor and flowers clusters will dangle like grape bunches.
Purple jade vine. The colors of the flowers and the foliage.
The leaves are definitely like others in the bean family with their three lobes. But the terminal leaflet has a heart-shaped base.
It needs full sun. Ours grows in white, dry sand with little irrigation. The huge, sweet potato like root mush hold a lot of water — the vine never, ever wilts or shows any heat stress.
Very limited supply. This vine is extremely difficult to propagate. We ship seed grown plants in 8 inch deep plantable peat pots. Great root systems but be aware top growth is fragile until these plants get in the ground. Then, they take off but probably won’t flower for another year!