Common Annual Vines

Sweet pea
Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet pea

Height: 6 feet
Fragrance: Yes
Flower Color(s): Purple/Pink/White
Notes: Keep cutting to promote flowering. Sow in mid-March to mid-April. Keep moist during growing.

Morning glory
Ipomoea tricolor
Morning glory

Height: 10 to 20 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Blue
Notes:'Heavenly Blue' is most common cultivar.

Morning glory
Ipomoea purpurea

Height: 10 to 15 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Purple, red, white, violet, blue
Notes:Soak seeds overnight before planting. Sow when ground is warm in mid-April.

Moonflower
Ipomoea alba

Height: 10 to 30 feet
Fragrance:Yes
Flower Color(s):White
Notes:Sow in May after soaking seeds overnight, or notching seeds. Flowers bloom in the evening, hence the name.

Cypress Vine
Ipomoea quamoclit

Height: 10 to 20 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Red, orange or white tubular flowers
Notes:Treat like morning glories.

Cardinal climber
Ipomoea x multifida

Height: 10 to 20 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Red
Notes:Will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Treat like morning glories.

Sweet potato vine
Ipomoea batatas

Height: 6 to 10 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Not grown for flowers
Notes:'Blackie' is a dark leafed cultivar; 'Tricolor' has shades of pink, cream, green; 'Chartreuse' is lime-green. Used for baskets and containers and also as a ground cover.

Spanish flag
Ipomoea x lobata

Height: 15 to 20 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Yellowish orange with hints of red
Notes:Flowers shaped like freesia. Purplish stems. Plant in May after frost. Soak seeds before planting.

Canary bird vine
Tropaeolum peregrinum

Height: 5 to 10 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Yellow
Notes:Prefers cool temperatures. Tolerates some shade. Plant after frost.

Love-in-a-puff
Cardiospermum halicacabum

Height: 10 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Not important. One-inch seedpod is tri-lobed and balloon-like.
Notes:Sow in peat pots in March. Transplant in May. Can reseed.

Scarlet runner bean
Phaseolus coccineus
Scarlet runner bean

Height: 8 to 10 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Red with touches of orange. Also white, pink, bicolor.
Notes:Attracts hummingbirds. Beans are edible when picked young. Seeds start out bright red then turn blue-black.

Hyacinth bean
Lablab purpureus
Hyacinth bean

Height: 15 to 20 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Purplish-pink. Seed pods are purple.
Notes:Sow seeds indoors and plant in early May for quick start. One of the easiest to grow.

Black-eyed susan vine
Thunbergia alata
Black-eyed susan vine

Height: 5 to 10 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Yellow, orange, white with dark purple center
Notes:Sow seeds early to transplant in May.

Cup and saucer vine
Cobaea scandens

Height: 20 to 30 feet
Fragrance:Yes
Flower Color(s):Violet-purple, white. Attractive green calyx looks like a saucer.
Notes:Flowers not fragrant until fully open. Sow in February for transplanting in May.

Japanese hop
Humulus japonicus
Japanese hop

Height: 20 to 35 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Not important. Green papery seed pod from female flowers
Notes:Self seeds. Plant seeds in mid-April. Drought and heat resistant.

Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtium

Height: up to 10 feet
Fragrance:No
Flower Color(s):Orange, red, yellow, white, bicolors
Notes:Flowers are edible. Prefers loose soil. Don't fertilize. Doesn't like to be transplanted. Used in baskets and as a ground cover.

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