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Queen's Wreath

Petrea volubilis

Also known as

Purple-Wreath, Sandpaper

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Queen's Wreath Overview

Queen's Wreath creates spectacular clusters of star-like purple flowers that appear on racemes over 30cm long. It is fairly low maintenance and drought resistant (when mature) It can however, only be grown outside in warmer climates. Here it is often trained to grow along a pergola, veranda, fence, pillar or trellis to create a beautiful screen. It can also be grown in a mixed border or patio container as a 'billowy' shrub, if the plant is pruned back after each flowering.

Common problems with Queen's Wreath

How to harvest Queen's Wreath

The flowers can be harvested to cut for the house but if the woody stem is cut, the blooms will rapidly droop and die. If only the flower-sprays are cut and arranged in a shallow bowl, they will stay fresh for several days.

How to propagate Queen's Wreath


Queen's Wreath can be propagated from woody stem cuttings or from semi-hardwood cuttings.


Sow seeds indoors before the last frost or directly sow after the last frost.

Special features of Queen's Wreath

Pot plant

Queen's Wreath can be grown in a container, provided it is large enough. It can be grown in a mixed border or patio container as a billowy shrub if the plant is pruned back after each flowering.

Drought resistant

Queen's Wreath is fairly drought tolerant but flourishes when watered regularly.

Hedge plant

This plant can be trained to grow up a trellis, to create a pretty hedge screen as it generally does not lose all its leaves.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Queen's Wreath

Climbing, privacy, greenhouse

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