The Garlic Vine (Mansoa hymenaea) gets its name from the distinct garlic smells produced when the leaves are crushed, although this woody climber is not related to the common edible garlic at all! It produces spectacular clusters of purplish, funnel-shaped blooms that emit a garlic smell too. These flowers turn from dark lavender to light lavender and white as they mature. The plant is said to treat fevers, colds, throat and respiratory ailments. This flowering vine does well under full sun on rich, well-drained soil and can be grown in containers and trained for trellis. Learn more about this plant here.
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