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Sollya heterophylla


Unusual evergreen climber

An small evergreen climber with glossy, narrow deep-green leaves on twining stems. Nodding clusters of blue bell-shaped flowers that appear in summer and autumn.


It needs full sun, and looks great in a container or on a low sheltered wall or fence in mild climates.


Plant in any well-drained soil and place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if the soil is heavy and wet in winter. For growing in a container, use a good quality loam based compost. Protect the plant by keeping it dry and moving it under cover in the winter.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Chalk, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From March to September