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Ercilla spicata (syn. E. volubilis)
Ercilla spicata (syn. E. volubilis)

Family:  Phytolaccaceae
Hardiness:  Zone 7b-9
Mature Size:  8'-12'
Exposure:  Sun to Part Shade
Bloom Time:  April - May
Moisture Needs: Moderate to Moist
Origin:  Chile
Price: $15.00
Pot Size: Large Band Pot

Stock Status:(Out of Stock)
Product Code: P1335

It is unlikely your neighbor will have this if you are into one-upmanship.  This is a self-clinging evergreen climber or groundcover from Chile which would perfectly cover a large stump for example.  It has fuzzy and tubby bottlebrush flowers that are an ethereal pinky lavender-white.  If you are lucky enough to have fruit, the reward is reddish cones of fruit not unlike an Arisaema.  Surprisingly tough, this will grow in sun or shade and pretty much any soil and seems to tolerate salt spray if you are a coastal gardener.  Award of Merit from the RHS.