Cool Plant: Caracalla Bean

July 24, 2013 § 3 Comments

The Caracalla Bean, also known as snail flower, is one of the most interesting beans I think I have ever encountered. It has ordinary foliage but a beautiful snail like flower, that is quite fragrant, and is a surprising late bloomer. I discovered it last year while visiting Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. While I had fully intended to plant it in my own garden this year, I never quite got around to it, but these photos are certainly making me regret that!

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§ 3 Responses to Cool Plant: Caracalla Bean

  • Wow! That is a cool plant! I’ve haven’t even heard of it! I think I will have to do a blog post about this snail flower. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • That is beautiful! Is it easy to grow?

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t know for sure, having never grown it myself. However I believe it grows with ease in Virginia and North Carolina, and I would assume other places that have a warmer climate. It has a hardiness zone of 9-10 and will be perennial with areas with no frost. Here’s an example of how full the growth can be, from the gardens at Monticello.
      Caracalla Vine

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