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A great vine for shady containers

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

It’s not easy to find colorful plants to make a splash in shade containers. The rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor, USDA Hardiness Zone 11) is one great plant that does the job. It’s an Asian tropical vine with deep green leaves and bright, silvery stripes, and purple undersides that give the plant a deep rosy glow. It grows up to 6 feet tall in a season and blends well with a multitude of other container plants, but it’s also compelling in a pot on it’s own with a trellis to climb on.

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  1. arboretum 04/23/2010

    i dare anyone to find more fantastic vine foliage than that!!
    is that striking or what??!!

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