Flower Portrait: Jade Vine

jade vine

The jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a member of the pea and bean family, and is best known for its hanging stems of jade-green flowers.



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  1. nowathome says:

    I just love it!!!

  2. What an interesting colour and shape.

    1. Heyjude says:

      First time I saw one in full flower, it is delightful. I have a feeling that PP will know this one, maybe even have it growing in her wonderful garden!

      1. pommepal says:

        I know it and love it Jude and have seen it in glorious flower in the Cairns Botanic Garden. I do not have one in my garden, it does need a large area to roam in. Also it is a tropical and I am sub tropical so may not suit it here.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I thought I had seen it on your site, perhaps you have posted a photo of the one on the gardens?

        2. pommepal says:

          I posted the one I saw in Cairns Botanic Garden back in 2011 when we were going around Australia. https://pommepal.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/cairns-botanical-gardens/

        3. Heyjude says:

          Thanks PP – over to have a look now!

  3. So beautiful, Jude. Looks just like jade. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a gorgeous and unusual colour. I saw this one in Kew Gardens.

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these, does it originate down under? And is that the actual colour? It’s fabby!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Philippines. I have seen them in glasshouses over here, but never in flower until last year when I saw this one in Kew Gardens (Princess of Wales Conservatory). And, yes, this is the true colour. Divine isn’t it?

  4. Dina says:

    I have never seen anything so exotic and wonderful in shape and colour, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is an astonishing colour Dina.

  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful Jade vine! I haven’t seen this plant before.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Unless you live in the tropics I think the only place you will see this is inside a glasshouse.

  6. Robyn Haynes says:

    This is spectacular. I will try to source one for my garden now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope you live somewhere tropical!

      1. Robyn Haynes says:

        Ahh yes. Subtropical East coast of Australia.

        1. Heyjude says:

          OK. They will probably do very well there 🙂

        2. Robyn Haynes says:

          It’s worth a try if I can source a vine.

        3. Heyjude says:

          You never know, if it is in a sheltered spot perhaps.

        4. Heyjude says:

          Ah, I have just read PP’s comment – she must live in the same region as you. Take a look at what she says.

        5. Robyn Haynes says:

          I see PP is sub-tropical too and doubts if we can grow them here. Cairns is much further north. I love the botanical gardens there but haven’t sighted this vine. Will keep on the look out for it next time I visit.

  7. pommepal says:

    The colour is almost unbelievable Jude, but I know you captured it perfectly

  8. Paula says:

    The blooms after my own heart – odd and exquisite. I’m not much of a gardener – I am what you might call the flower mortician, but I appreciate them when they are alive too 😀 Beautiful post, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Your comment made me laugh Paula 😀 I am glad you are enjoying my virtual flowers. You can’t kill these off (I hope!)

      1. Paula says:

        My powers are limited. I would show something to you, but I don’t dare 😀

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, dear 😦 But beautifully written as usual.

        2. Paula says:

          😆 he was a real beauty too. I must get another one, and see what happens. Thank you, Jude.

  9. One of our favourites at Wisley 🙂 Not flowering yet! It’s fascinating to watch the flowers developing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have seen that one, also not flowering, so it was great to find this one in full bloom.

      1. Glad you got to see one in bloom 🙂 The most unreal flower! Simon loves it for its weirdness 😀

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have another photo with red flowers which looks very similar, do you know whether the vine comes in red?

        2. There’s something a bit similar looking called a Lobster Claw. It’s not a climber but the flowers hang down in a similar way. Very unreal looking!

        3. Heyjude says:

          No it’s not that one. I shall load the photo for you to have a look.

          if you look closely at the flowers they have the same shape.

        4. Ooh! Well I’m volunteering for Butterfly Conservation UK at the Glasshouse on Wednesday so I shall ask the tropical area team and see if I can get a name for you 🙂

  10. restlessjo says:

    No no, no idea what I can use for this challenge so I may just gaze in admiration. Would you believe it-home later today and we’ve just got a connection to the neighbours Internet? All proceeding well, I hope xxx

    1. Heyjude says:

      In Cornwall at the moment – tired and aching, and only just got connected – but we have keys! More when I return.

  11. Those are such beautiful flowers

    1. Heyjude says:

      Aren’t they an incredible colour?

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