4.16.2012

Chocolate vine



This is chocolate vine, Akebia quinata. I have it growing on an old sawed-off telephone pole in the yard, which is a good place for it, because when I mow around it, it gets all its lashing tentacles whacked off. And if it didn't receive this twice-monthly amputation, it would surely start snatching small-to-medium-sized mammals and bundling them into its dark, hungry folds.








5 comments:

Rodrica said...

so beautiful.

Kate said...

That flower does look a little like Seymour.

Jennifer said...

I have been aiding and abetting a chocolate vine for a couple of years now. It has been establishing itself slowly and has yet to bloom. So far it seems harmless, but after reading your post you have me worried that it will someday turn into a bit of a backyard monster that eats one of my smaller dogs whole.Yikes!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Such pretty flowers! I don't think I've seen this vine before. When I first read your title I thought maybe you'd figured out how to actually grow chocolate...wouldn't that be fun! ;)

Ellen Zachos said...

I would willingly sacrifice several small mammals for a lusty Akebia like yours! And tell Kate the plant's name was Audrey, not Seymour. I outta know!