Purple Bell Vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineum)


When we travel I make my family endure as many garden visits as I think I can get away with.  They act like I am tedious, but I know they enjoy it.  This trip, I drug them to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.  The con was made easier due in main part to the existence  a CowLicks Creamery outpost at the garden (we had discovered the joy of their ice-cream the night before – I died for the spiced lavender honey flavor and the spumoni).

Purple Bell Vine Rhodochiton atrosanguineum

Wandering around a corner in the garden I was introduced to Purple Bell Vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineum). An upended tree’s roots had been left rather than cleared and the vine was gracefully growing over the whole mess. It was gasp-worthy and now I want to have a go at growing it in my own garden.

Purple Bell Vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineum) byt Rochelle Greayer - www.pithandvigor.com

Thankfully it is an annual that is purported to be easily grown from seed.  I found seeds at Swallowtail Gardens and I also found small plants at Annies Annuals (who call it a tender perennial).  Who has grown this?….is it worth 3.49$ for 10 seeds (I know it is worth it if they grow like the one in my pictures, but I am curious about success rates from seed to get a good-sized healthy plant in New England)?   Will I be able to be grow something as stunning as I saw in Mendocino in one season in Massachusetts?   Looking forward to hearing from those of you who know a bit more about this plant.  – R

Purple Bell Vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineum) byt Rochelle Greayer - www.pithandvigor.com


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. commonweeder on August 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    It certainly is a beauty. I only wish I had experience with it, but I guess I have to settle for the beauties of Grandpa Otts morning glories which even self seed here on my chilly hill.

  2. Mark and Gaz on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thats lovely, really is a beauty, the contrast with the tree above is great.

  3. Gartenbau Starnberg on August 7, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Awesome explanation on this topic. I like the way you presented it. It makes me think that I’m going to revive my blog site.

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