Fallopia baldschuanica Regel
Fallopia baldschuanica, commonly known as Russian Vine, Mile-a-Minute Plant, is a climber.
Fallopia baldschuanica was already described and the name validly published by Eduard August von Regel. It was Josef Holub, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1971.
The climbers are comparatively fast-growing and reach heights of 3 to 10 metres. The plants reach a width of 2 to 3 metres.
Fallopia baldschuanica is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are ovate, entire and petiolate. The surface of the leaves is glabrous. They turn an attractive yellow in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Fallopia baldschuanica produces panicles of white funnel-shaped flowers from August to October. The plants are hermaphroditic.
The climbers produce white nuts from summer to autumn.
The plants form rhizomes.
Fallopia baldschuanica is native to Central Asia and is naturalized in the British Isles, in Austria, eastern Central Europe and Romania.
The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
The ornamental value of Fallopia baldschuanica lies especially in its fragrance.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
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