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.