Vines in Lavender

VINES IN LAVENDER
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                                                                     Vine in a pot climbs a trellis as the tendrils with lavender flowers cascade past the frame and fall gently on the ground. Light from a trellis ceiling casts it's light on the lavender vine trellis.
Information about vine plants

A vine displays a growth form based on long stems. This has two purposes. A vine may use rock exposures, other plants, or other supports for growth rather than investing energy in a lot of supportive tissue, enabling the vine to reach sunlight with a minimum investment of energy. This has been a highly successful growth form for vine plants such as kudzu and Japanese honeysuckle, both of which are invasive exotics in parts of North America. There are some tropical vines that develop skototropism, and grow away from the light, a type of negative phototropism. Growth away from light allows the vine to reach a tree trunk, which it can then climb to brighter regions.

The vine growth form may also enable plants to colonize large areas quickly, even without climbing high. This is the case with periwinkle and ground ivy vine. It is also an adaptation to life in areas where small patches of fertile soil are adjacent to exposed areas with more sunlight but little or no soil. A vine can root in the soil but have most of its leaves in the brighter, exposed area, getting the best of both worlds.

The evolution of a climbing habit of the vine has been implicated as a key innovation associated with the evolutionary success and diversification of a number of taxonomic groups of plants. It has evolved independently in several plant families, using many different climbing methods such as:

  • twining their stems around a support (e.g., morning glories species).
  • by way of adventitious, clinging roots (e.g., ivy, species)
  • with twining petioles (e.g., clemetis species)
  • using  tendrils, which can be specialized shoots, leaves, or even inflorescences.
  • using tendrils which also produce adhesive pads at the end that attach themselves quite strongly to the support, using thorns (e.g. climbing rose) or other hooked structures, such as hooked branches.
Gardeners can use the tendency of climbing vine plants to grow quickly. If a vine display is wanted quickly, a climber can achieve this. Climbers can be trained over walls, pergolas, fences, etc. Vine climbers can be grown over other plants to provide additional attraction. Artificial support can also be provided. Some vine climbers climb by themselves; others need work, such as tying them in and training them. Source: wikipedia
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