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A picture of a Long-Racemed Akebia

Long-Racemed Akebia

Akebia longeracemosa

Akebia longiracemosa by Steve Law (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Long-Racemed Akebia

A close up of some purple Akebia longeracemosa flowers on a plant
A close up of a Akebia longeracemosa plant with green leaves
A group of purple flowers on a Akebia longeracemosa plant
A close up of a Akebia longeracemosa plant in a garden

Long-Racemed Akebia Overview

Akebia longeracemosa is a twining, semi-evergreen climber that produces hanging, spicy vanilla-scented, cup-shaped, red-purple flowers in spring. Foliage is divided into oblong leaflets which may develop a purple tinge in winter. Originating from Taiwan and also known as Long-Racemed Akebia, flowers may be followed - if cross-pollinated by another Akebia clone - by purple, sausage-shaped fruits that can measure up to 10cm in length. Grow this attractive and unusual hardy plant in full sun to partial shade and in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. It can be lightly trimmed after flowering. Tolerant of most conditions, once planted, it doesn't like to be moved. Akebia longeracemosa can often be seen growing in wallside borders in cottage - and other informal - garden styles.

How to propagate Long-Racemed Akebia




Softwood in summer

Special features of Long-Racemed Akebia

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves


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