Rangoon Creeper - a new flower for perfumery
It can spread aggressively, covering trees and buildings! I decided to give it a try, on a length of fence on the far side of my property, a place that doesn't get any supplemental irrigation. Within one year, the vine is about 25' long, and is setting out spreader branches in several directions. I'll prune it to keep in check, and in the meantime, I'm enjoy the nighttime/early morning fragrance of the thousands of flowers blooming. I'm growing the single-flowers variety, and there is a double-flowered variety available. The double-flowered variety is most fragrant in the afternoon.
The fragrance? Intoxicating - sweet, fruity and floral.
I have read of it coming back from hard freezes in zone 8. If you want to grow it in a cold climate, I recommend you join an online gardening forum for your area and ask for tips.
I'm still pondering how to extract the scent. I'll probably do 50/50 - tincure half and enfleurage half.
|The flowers open white, then turn pink, then red. Spectacular!|
|The Rangoon Creeper has a long flowering season, spring through fall.|
|So much growth in one year! I couldn't get the entire 25' in one photo.|