Smells Like Chocolate and Produces Edible Fruit! Drink in the fragrance in summer; harvest the dessert in fall! Very fragrant, lilac-purple flowers come in May through June and smell like chocolate. Use this Japanese native as a climber or a ground cover—it looks great on trellises, arbors and fences. Chocolates Vines, Tapioca Puddings, Arbors, Fruit Drinks, Plants, Gardens, Flower Vines, Seeds Pods, Akebia Quinata
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Jade Vine: The jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines. Its flowers are the color of highly unusual blue-green jade, and hang in bunches up to 90 cm long; each clawlike flower is about 7½ cm long. The jade vine's flowers are pollinated by bats.
cc Silver bells™ Chocolate Vine Smells Like Chocolate! This 15- to 20-ft. chocolate-scented vine produces loads of flowers from May through June. Bears leathery leaves that grow in clusters. Can be used as a climber or as a ground cover. Edible seedpods ripen in early autumn and taste like tapioca pudding! Prefers full sun to partial shade. Plant two varieties for pollination. Potted. Zones 4-9.
The first time I smelled these amazing flowers was in the greenhouse at Smith. Absolutely intoxicating!