Akebia Quinata 3
Originally uploaded by Sunflower Muse
I planted this in my garden a couple of years ago after building a pegola to shade my stone patio. I first saw it at The Crosby Botanical Garden in Toledo, however it wasn't in bloom. It's common name is the Chocolate Vine, how sweet it smells. I used Flickr to find some awesome photographs of what I could hope for once it bloomed and fruited. The edible fruits are lavender and shaped like sausages. How cool is that. Finding unusual plants and native plants at nurseries around here can be a challenge, but it's worth it.