Plant type

Deciduous climber

Height

9-12m (but scrambles through a hedge to whatever height it is supported

Wildlife benefit

Bird (seeds and shelter), bee, hoverfly, moth caterpillar and butterfly nectar plant.

  • A native climber with feathery, greenish flowers from July-August are followed by fluffy white seedheads. Plant it at the base of an established hedge and let it scramble through it.
  • Packed with interest for wildlife. Expect the flowers to be visited by bees, butterflies and hoverflies. Birds such as Goldfinch and Greenfinch feed on the seedheads but many more birds may use it to nest in and take the fluffy seedheads for nesting material.
  • Small Emerald and Pretty Chalk Carpet Moth caterpillars may feed on the foliage.