White Fleece Vine
Fallopia baldschuanica, Syn: Polygonum aubertii
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat or Smartweed) Family

 

White Fleece Vine is also known as China Lace, Silver Lace Vine, China Fleece and Bikhara Fleece Flower.

The plant is a deciduous broadlef spreading climber to 20 feet or more. Its preferred habitat is rocky slopes, sandy loam or clay in locations of partial shade, but whether or not the soil is moist or dry is of no consequence. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

The leaves of Fleece Vine are deciduous, broadleaf, dense, bright green in color. The central vein is prominent on the underside with numerous prominent side veins. The leaves are lance-like with a wedge-shaped base on short, stout leaf stalks. The tip is long-pointed.

The flowers are long clusters of small white flowers that appear to be lacy waffers. The blooms are bisexual in nature, but not symmetrical (regular) in form. The pronounced central lip of each flower is wavy or lacy, turning brownish with age. Flowers occur in the summer and early autumn, remaining on the stem for 30 days or more.

This is a fast, rampant grower and if used as a trellis or cover plant, it must be drastically pruned each spring in order to keep it in bounds. It transplants readily, and spreads rapidly by means of underground stems. A wide range of soil conditions is tolerated. Propogation is by root sections. The seeds are consumed by birds and digested along with other food stuff.

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