Common Names: virgin’s bower, pipestems
Type: Deciduous vine
Size: To 15 ft high, 15 ft. wide
Flowers: Attractive, silky white 1 in. flowers surrounded by petal-like sepals, spring, summer, dry fruits follow; shiny green leaves.
Uses: Screen along fence, background on trellis, cut flowers, near oak trees. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Bees like.
Soil: Tolerates sand, clay. Found naturally in canyons and near streams, primarily chaparral.
Water: Low; tolerates some flooding.
Sun: Full sun to some shade; keep roots cool.
Pruning: Cut back stems that have bloomed by one half. Prune out weak and tangled stems.
Pests & Diseases: (None found.)
Notes: Vines wind around other plants that support them. Will climb over small trees and shrubs. Plant where long deciduous period (October to April) is not a problem. Hardy to 10° F.