My jade vine is flowering for the first time!
We planted this tropical jade vine 2 years ago, just as the pandemic was becoming the big news of the day. It was a skinny little wisp of a vine in a flower pot, wrapped around a stick of bamboo - so frail and delicate that I wondered if it would survive. Of course, in Haiku Maui it's hard NOT to grow anything, so I was confident it would be okay.
We found a home in the ground where it could climb up some mock orange bushes, and waited, and watered, and waited some more. The tendril climbed into the tree and kept going up and up - grew a few leaves and that was it. Finally, earlier this month I looked for some flowers, and was pleasantly surprised to find 3 long dangling "flower" strands that I hadn't noticed before. They're about 15" long and covered in little flower buds.
One week later and look at how nicely this one has opened up! It's not quite fully open yet but it's looking so beautiful I have to show it off.
The jade vine needs to climb so the flowers can hang down. In the spring, here on Maui, they flower and create a beautiful display that lasts for a few weeks... and then they spill onto the ground to create a lush green/blue carpet.
Apparently you can eat the flowers - I'll have to put some in a salad!
PS - I tasted a flower - it was a little tough, and tasted like a pea, probably because these are members of the pea family.
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