Flowering Vines For Shade (10 Vines That Tolerate Shade)


Some vines need bright light, but others are shade tolerant and can survive under trees or near buildings.  There are even some shade tolerant vines with dazzling flowers to add style to your landscape.

So, what are some flowering vines for shade?  Flowering vines for shade include: Arrowhead Plant, Climbing Fumitory, Climbing Hydrangea, Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine, Giant Dutchman’s Pipe, Hindu Rope Hoya, Jade Vine, Partidgeberry, Twinflower, and Vanilla Orchid.  Some of these vines have attractive foliage and can climb very high!

Of course, some of these vines can survive in full sun, but they all tolerate partial or full shade.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 flowering vines for shade.  We’ll also take a look at what they need for light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s get started.

10 Flowering Vines For Shade

There are plenty of flowering vines that can thrive in shade, but here are 10 to start with:

  • Arrowhead Plant
  • Climbing Fumitory
  • Climbing Hydrangea
  • Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine
  • Giant Dutchman’s Pipe
  • Hindu Rope Hoya
  • Jade Vine
  • Partridgeberry
  • Twinflower
  • Vanilla Orchid

Let’s begin with the Arrowhead Plant.

Arrowhead Plant

Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum) is a perennial vine that produces green or white flowers year round.

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Arrowhead Plant is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produces green or white flowers.
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Arrowhead Plant needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Arrowhead Plant tolerates partial or full shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 5.5 to 6.5).

Arrowhead Plant cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degree Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 15 feet or more.

You can propagate Arrowhead Plant by division, stem cuttings, or seeds.

You can learn more about Arrowhead Plant from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Arrowhead Plant from Garden Goods Direct.

Climbing Fumitory

Climbing Fumitory (Adlumia fungosa) is a biennial vine that produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) white or pink flowers in summer or fall.

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Climbing Fumitory is a biennial vine that tolerates shade and produces tiny pink flowers.
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Climbing Fumitory needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Climbing Fumitory tolerates partial or full shade, but it can survive in full sun.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.1 to 6.5).

Climbing Fumitory can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 5a (as cold as -20 degrees Fahrenheit or -29 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 15 feet.

You can propagate Climbing Fumitory by seeds (the plant is self-fertile).

You can learn more about Climbing Fumitory from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Climbing Fumitory from Caribbean Garden Seed.

Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala) is a deciduous vine that produces showy, fragrant, small (1 to 2 inch) white flowers in late spring or summer.

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Climbing Hydrangea is a deciduous vine that tolerates shade and produces small, fragrant white flowers.

Climbing Hydrangea needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Climbing Hydrangea tolerates partial or full shade, but it can survive in full sun.  It prefers acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.3).

Climbing Hydrangea can tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or -34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 30 to 40 feet or taller in nature, with a width of 5 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Climbing Hydrangea by cuttings.

You can learn more about Climbing Hydrangea from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Climbing Hydrangea from Nature Hills.

Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine

Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata) is a perennial vine that produces showy, fragrant, tiny (less than 1 inch) purple to chocolate flowers in late summer or fall.

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Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produces tiny, fragrant purple or chocolate flowers.

Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine tolerates partial or full shade, but it can survive in full sun.  It prefers acidic to alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine can tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or -34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 20 to 40 feet, with a width of 6 to 9 feet.

You can propagate Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine by layering, softwood cuttings, or seeds.

You can learn more about Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine from Kiefer Nursery.

Giant Dutchman’s Pipe

Giant Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia gigantea) is a perennial vine that produces showy, fragrant, large size (over 12 inch) reddish purple flowers with white markings (possibly year round).

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Giant Dutchman’s Pipe is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produces large, fragrant reddish purple flowers.

Giant Dutchman’s Pipe needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Giant Dutchman’s Pipe tolerates partial or full shade, but it can survive in full sun.  It tolerates acidic to alkaline soil (pH of 6.0 to 8.0).

Giant Dutchman’s Pipe cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degree Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 30 feet.

You can propagate Giant Dutchman’s Pipe by root cuttings or seeds.

You can learn more about Giant Dutchman’s Pipe from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Giant Dutchman’s Pipe from Emerald Goddess Gardens.

Hindu Rope Hoya

Hindu Rope Hoya (Hoya carnosa) is a perennial vine that produces showy, fragrant, medium size (3 to 4 inch) white or pink flowers in late spring, summer, or early fall.

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Hindu Rope Hoya is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produces fragrant white or pink flowers.

Hindu Rope Hoya needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Hindu Rope Hoya tolerates partial or full shade, but it can survive in full sun.  It prefers acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.5).

Hindu Rope Hoya cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degree Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Hindu Rope Hoya by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Hindu Rope Hoya from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Hindu Rope Hoya from Garden Goods Direct.

Jade Vine

Jade Vine or Blue Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a perennial vine that produces showy, medium size (2 to 3 inch) blue turquoise flowers in spring.

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Jade Vine is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produces blue turquoise flowers.

Jade Vine needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Jade Vine tolerates partial or full shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Jade Vine cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 11a (as cold as 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Jade Vine by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Jade Vine from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Jade Vine from Urban Tropicals.

Partridgeberry

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) is a perennial vine that produces showy, fragrant white flowers in late spring, summer, or fall.

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Partridgeberry is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produces fragrant white flowers.

Partridgeberry needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Partridgeberry tolerates full shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of less than 6.0).

Partridgeberry can tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 2a (as cold as -50 degrees Fahrenheit or -46 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 2 inches.

You can propagate Partridgeberry by stem cuttings or by stolons and runners.

You can learn more about Partridgeberry from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Partridgeberry from Native Wildflowers Nursery.

Twinflower

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis) is a perennial vine that produces showy, fragrant bicolor pink and white flowers in summer or early fall.

twinflower
Twinflower is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produce bicolor pink and white flowers.

Twinflower needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Twinflower tolerates partial or full shade, but it can also survive in full sun.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 4.5 to 6.0).

Twinflower can tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 3a (as cold as -40 degrees Fahrenheit or -40 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 2 to 4 inches, with a width of 8 to 12 inches.

You can propagate Twinflower by division, stem cuttings, or seeds.

You can learn more about Twinflower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Twinflower from Green Seasons Nursery.

Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla planifolia) is a perennial vine that produces showy, fragrant, medium size (2 to 3 inch) yellowish-green flowers in spring or summer.

vanilla orchid
Vanilla Orchid is a perennial vine that tolerates shade and produce fragrant yellowish-green flowers.

Vanilla Orchid needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Vanilla Orchid tolerates partial or full shade, but it can also survive in full sun.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.6 to 6.5).

Vanilla Orchid cannot tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 10a (as cold as 30 degrees Fahrenheit or -1 degree Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 25 to 100 feet in nature (6 to 8 feet as a houseplant).

You can propagate Vanilla Orchid by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Vanilla Orchid from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Vanilla Orchid from Black Jungle Terrarium Supply.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 flowering vines for shade and how to take care of them.  They might provide inspiration to help you to improve your landscape and add beauty to your yard.

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~Jonathon

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