• Jade Vine ~ strongylodon macrobotrys

    Posted on April 1, 2015 by in Field Trip, Things that inspire me in the garden

    What an amazing sight to find the Jade Vine (strongylodon macrobotrys) blooming in the Longwood Gardens conservatory this week! This waxy flower is such an intense turquoise blue, it looks almost artificial.

    A woody ornamental vine that grows in the fast-disappearing Philippine rainforests, Jade Vine is in the legume family. Bats pollinate it in the wild, but it has been successfully hand-pollinated at Kew Gardens as well as from nodal cuttings.

    If you get the chance, go see these striking blooms in person while you can. They are located off Longwood’s Orchid collection room near the banana trees.

    Read more about Jade Vine in this link to Kew Gardens http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/strongylodon-macrobotrys-jade-vine

    Jade Vine (strongylodon macrobotrys) growing at Longwood Gardens http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/jade-vine-strongylodon-macrobotrys/

    Jade Vine (strongylodon macrobotrys) growing at Longwood Gardens

     

     

    Jade Vine http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/jade-vine-strongylodon-macrobotrys/

    Jade Vine (strongylodon-macrobotrys)

    Jade Vine Petals http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/jade-vine-strongylodon-macrobotrys/

    Jade Vine Petals

     

4 Responses so far.

  1. Khadija says:

    My goodness! That is simply glorious! Thanks so much for sharing it, I had no idea such a beauty even existed. 🙂

  2. TwoPlusCute says:

    Stunning!
    I am far to go see it so. thank you for posting about it. 🙂

    • Barb says:

      Yes, I am so fortunate to get to visit these lovely gardens every week! But I will bring them to you so you can also enjoy their beauty!

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