The sprawling evergreen with twining stems climbs to twenty feet with pointed, dark glossy green foliage with divided leaves and woody stems. A variegated form has green leaves with white edges. In the spring and continuing through the first frost, large, beautiful, slightly fragrant, whitish-pink flowers appear. The varieties ‘Southern Belle’, ‘Charisma’ and ‘Rosea’ have a distinctive reddish-pink center. The varieties ‘Alba’ and ‘Lady Di’ have pure white flowers. After blooming, the plant produces large fruits that contain many seeds. Use this graceful looking vine in containers and to cover arbors, trellises and fences. It can also be used to train, cascade, or twine along a wall or post. The bower vine is native to Queensland and North South Wales, Australia.
It likes full sun or light shade and needs a moist, fertile, well-draining soil with regular irrigation. Water the bower vine sparingly during the winter months. This vine needs some training with a trellis or other supports when young. The plant is hardy to the mid twenties Fahrenheit, and if frozen back, cut it to the ground. It will recover quickly in spring. Apply applications of ammonium phosphate fertilizer before blooming. Prune and shape this vine after flowering.