This is beautiful; however, I have googled every possible configuration of the common names AND the scientific (I am interested in S. glabra, NOT chinensis) and cannot find it anywhere for purchase. It is on the watch list, "threatened" here in NC.
This looks pretty good, Jacqueline! What appeals to me are the flowers, especially. I am really into using native plants, especially if they are struggling to survive, as they appear to be here. Thank you so much!!
I was googling this plant and happened upon this old thread. The funny thing is, we just received ten of these vines (the cultivar 'Valentine') here at Homewood Nursery. I can't wait to see what it looks like!
Does anyone know which species this really is? The internet gives me answers that are all over the place.
'Valentine' is the Old World species, S. chinensis, not the American native. I've spent several weeks trying to track down sources, even arboretums and universities, but I could only find a very few (count on one hand) private collectors and researchers who didn't have enough to spare. It's a rare native, at risk to endangered at best. If you find any, contact Bent Creek Institute so they can preserve it in their collections. http://www.bentcreekinstitute.org/germplasm-repository