Four Things You Want to Know About Growing Silver Lace Vine
Silver lace vine or Polygonum aubertii
is one of the fastest
growing vines in the garden.
Give this vine an inch and it will take a trellis.
It is rated to USDA zone 4 by Dirr (the woody expert) and I've grown
it in a 4 but it did get burned back in cold winters. Many gardeners
claim it is a zone 6 plant. Most gardeners cut it to the ground in the
fall anyway because this weed, once established, will easily grow 20
feet in a single growing season. (Leaps tall buildings in a single
So mulch it for winter protection in zone 4 and go with that.
Also please understand that in cooler climates it is only a matter of time before a tough winter kills it. :-(
Silver Lace Vine - a mass of whitish flowers
It has small white or light greenish flowers in fall but there's scads
of them and they are fragrant. (lightly fragrant but pleasantly so)
You'll see flowers from mid-August onwards.
Grow it in the full sun and give it something to climb on as it twines
around its support. Make the support very strong as this is a very
large climbing plant. It will tolerate shade and dry soils just to make
you very happy. (translation: grow it anywhere)
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This vine is easily transplanted with a little care and you should
understand that it also tries to spread by underground rhizomes if
happy in its spot. This is by way of saying, this is a weed. Note that
every little bit of root can form a new plant so if you want to share
your happiness with a friend, dig up a chunk of root and replant in
their garden (but ask them first).
And a final note. Do not plant this vine next to other vines. It does
not play nicely as it will smother the other vine underneath its
Japanese beetles seem to like to eat it. Otherwise, you should have no
problems with Silver Lace Vine.
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