Akebia quinata - Chocolate Vine
Akebia quinata is a robust twining vine that climbs to 20'-40' or spreads as a lacy ground cover. Its dangling flowers are dark purple against graceful blue-green foliage and have a spicy fragrance. This is a frilly vine, excellent for fast cover on trellises and fences, and very easy to grow.
Native to China and Korea, Chocolate Vine is hardy to zone 5, may lose its leaves in northern climates, but the new foliage is purple, very cool. Akebia does best in partial shade, is not fussy about soil and is fairly drought-tolerant.
*****30 days of cold stratification required!*****
Lightly scarify seeds and soak in warm water for 24 hours.
Surface sow seeds in a pot or a plastic baggie that will fit in the refrigerator.
Mist the soil and sprinkle a small amount of starting soil over seeds.
Cover with plastic wrap or place in baggie in the refrigerator for 30 days.
During this cold stratification process keep soil moist, but not soaking wet.
At the end of the 30 Days, place pot in a warm, sunny location. When soil is warm enough seeds will germinate.