4 responses to “Holboellia angustifolia subsp. angustifolia”

  1. Douglas Justice

    Previously known in the trade as Holboellia fargesii, H. angustifolia is much sought after by lovers of evergreen climbers. Its neat, palmately compound leaves are, well, neat. Here at UBC, it grows like a bomb, but in colder gardens the species probably suffers. I think it’s the perfect covering for a shaded chainlink fence.

    Unfortunately, holboellias are difficult to propagate from stem cuttings. Every year in the propagation section of my horticulture techniques course, I bring along a few metres of stem for the students to try, and every so often somebody gets it right and gets to take home a rooted plant. If I was a better scientist, I’d figure out what set of conditions promotes rooting. There is some commercial production of this species, but it is limited and plants are expensive, which suggests that I’m not the only one who has trouble.

    Daniel states above that the female flowers are fragrant, but it looks to me that both male and female flowers share that characteristic. In this species, both male and female flowers are abundantly produced, but in others it appears that the males are rarer. This makes identification difficult, as the dichotomous keys we use (from the Flora of China) often require the identifier to look at stamen characteristics.

  2. victor

    …art work…

  3. L. Baumgartner

    My Holboellia angustifolia bloomed for the first time this year. The flowers were white! I was hoping for purple. Any idea what happened?

    1. Wendy Cutler

      I’m sure you’re never going to read the answer to this eleven years later, but I have finally learned that the purple flowers are male and the female flowers are white. But usually, the males flowers are far more numerous. By now you would know if that happened only in the first year.

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