Although most vines are woody or perennial, a few annuals can also be used in situations best filled by plants that reach heights of at least four feet and self-attach. Here are a few that can be successfully grown in Idaho. Most adapt better to warm regions rather than colder, high elevations areas. There are exceptions, such as sweet peas.
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Regional Adaptation|
|Black-eyed Susan Vine||Thunbergia alata||N, SW, SC, SE, HA|
|Canary Bird Flower||Tropaeolum peregrinum||N, SW, SC, SE|
|Cardinal Climber||Quamoclit sloteri||N, SW, SC, SE|
|Climbing Nasturtium||Tropaeolum majus||N, SW, SC, SE|
|Moonflower||Ipomoea alba||N, SW, SC, SE|
|Morning Glory*||Ipomea purpurea||N, SW, SC, SE|
|Scarlet Runner Bean||Phaseolus coccineus||SW, SC|
|Sweet Pea||Lathyrus oderatus||N, SW, SC, SE, HA|
*Ipomea is not invasive like field bindweed, which is sometimes incorrectly called “Morning Glory.”
Key to regional adaptation notes:
N = Northern Idaho valley locations in USDA zones 5 & 6, Moscow to Sandpoint.
SE = Southeastern Idaho valley locations in USDA zones 3 & 4 from Rexburg to Pocatello.
SC = South-central Idaho Magic Valley locations in USDA zones 4 & 5, Burley and Twin Falls.
SW = Southwestern Idaho Treasure Valley locations in USDA zones 5 & 6, Boise area (also Lewiston).
HA = High altitude (>5,000 ft) areas of central, southeastern Idaho and similar locations elsewhere.
For more discussion on vining and climbing annuals, see the web site by Colorado Master Gardener Judy Sedbrook.