Fallopia Baldschuanica


Plant Fact File:

  • Plant Type: Deciduous Climbing Vine
  • Common Name: Russian Vine, Mile-a-Minute Vine
  • Botanical Name: Fallopia baldschuanica (syn. Polygonum baldschuanicum)
  • Height: Up to 9 meters (30 feet) or more
  • Spread: Spreads vigorously
  • Growth Habit: Twining, Vigorous
  • Foliage: Green, Heart-shaped Leaves
  • Flowers: Small, White to Pale Pink, in Panicles
  • Flowering Period: Late Summer to Early Autumn
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
  • Aspect: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining
  • Uses: Climbing Support, Trellises, Fences, Walls, Ground Cover


Fallopia baldschuanica, commonly known as Russian Vine or Mile-a-Minute Vine, is a deciduous climbing vine prized for its rapid growth and abundant late summer flowers. This vigorous vine features twining stems adorned with heart-shaped green leaves and clusters of small, white to pale pink flowers arranged in panicles. Despite its delicate appearance, Russian Vine is incredibly resilient and can quickly cover vertical surfaces or spread along the ground.

Key Features:

  • Rapid Growth: Russian Vine is renowned for its rapid growth rate, making it an excellent choice for quickly covering unsightly structures or creating a living screen in the garden. Its vigorous nature allows it to establish and spread rapidly, covering large areas with minimal maintenance.
  • Abundant Flowers: Despite its rapid growth habit, Russian Vine produces an abundance of small, white to pale pink flowers in late summer to early autumn. These delicate blooms are arranged in panicles and add a charming touch to the landscape, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
  • Deciduous Foliage: The foliage of Russian Vine consists of green, heart-shaped leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the flowers. In autumn, the leaves may turn yellow before dropping, revealing the vine’s attractive branching structure during the winter months.
  • Versatile Uses: Russian Vine can be used in various ways in the landscape, depending on the desired effect. It can be trained to climb trellises, fences, walls, or other support structures, providing vertical interest and softening hard landscaping features. Alternatively, it can be allowed to spread along the ground, creating a dense ground cover.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Russian Vine requires minimal maintenance, thriving in a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions. It is relatively drought-tolerant once established and can tolerate periods of neglect, making it suitable for low-maintenance landscapes.
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