Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Grow Some Snails in Your Garden

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Grow Some Snails in Your Garden

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Byline: IN THE GARDEN with Duanne Karle

A MUST-HAVE for any garden is Vigna Caracalla, or commonly known as Snail Vine or Ram's Horn creeper.

So named for its flowers, which resemble the inside of a snail shell or the twisting of a ram's horn. This evergreen vine is anything but slow.

Originating in South America, this vigorous evergreen climber will quickly cover a fence or trellis. It is known to grow at least a foot a day.

It is a leguminous plant so produces pods like peas. Flowering from late spring to autumn, flowers begin as a whitish colour and turn lilac after they have unfurled.

Older flowers age to cream. Flowers appear to be three toned in colour.

Flowers have a beautiful fragrance and would suit a romantic or sensory garden. Snail vines are predominantly pollinated by ants.

If not pollinated they will not produce pods from which seeds can be collected and germinated.

It may be one time you don't rid the garden of ants. They will grow in most soil types and prefers a hot exposed position but will grow in a semi-shaded area.

In our region snail vines will succumb to frost often burning them to the ground.

However, due to their large root system they quickly arise from the ground in spring and will soon recover the trellis or fence on which it was growing.

This is a creeper well worth growing and available at your local garden centre now.

As mentioned in a recent article the Leafmore Garden Club in Toowoomba will hold its biannual Winter Garden School on June 17 and 18.

Numerous well known speakers always present at the school and this year is no exception. I have featured two of these speakers in today's article.

TINO CARNEVALE

Born and bred in Tasmania, Tino's lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family's small vineyard and olive grove in Southern Tasmania.

He studied landscape design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has an Associate Diploma in Horticulture. …

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