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PlantFiles: Silverlace Vine
Fallopia baldschuanica

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Fallopia (fal-OH-pee-uh) (Info)
Species: baldschuanica (bald-SHWAN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Bilderdykia aubertii
Synonym:Polygonum aubertii
Synonym:Fallopia aubertii

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

21 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
Scarify seed before sowing
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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11 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral phxazrb On Feb 19, 2015, phxazrb from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

got it here in Phoenix as a nearly dormant shrubby looking plant Last November at a nearby Nursery asked the Nursery man told me it was a Australian blue bell. I thought that it was odd but whatever, being who I am I go home and research Australian blue bell and that's not what that was...... so there it sat in my front balcony watered it once a week. Being that I also work at a Nursery further away, I bring it to work for Identification I figured hell if I cant ID this plant some one there has to. NOPE no one did.... so I gave the shrubby specimen a shot of rose food from my job because that's just how great my companies rose food is and with in 4 days the shrubby specimen leafed out and has tendrils like it was ready to climb..... at that moment the name popped into my head instantly and confirmed that the mysterious plant turned out to be silver lace vine (Polygonum Aubretii). This vine was hard to find in my previous residence and was marginally hardy in zone 4b. Here I come to full circle in Zone 9b and I ended up with it. I don't have any bad things to say about it yet. However, I think that its pretty if and when it has its own space..... As for now this VINE IS MINE!!!!!

Positive LaurieVoysey On Sep 7, 2012, LaurieVoysey from Powwell River
Canada wrote:

I bought this vine on the advice of my mom inlaw.She had such a beautiful garden,my husband & I had our wedding pics done there.Anyway back to the subject. I personaly have had no problem with invasiveness.I've had the plant for about 10 years now,& have a magenta coloured clematis growing throught it.the clematis gets more blooms every year.As for cutting back,very little in early spring.I don't work,so I spend a lot of time "weaving" the shoots back into one another.

Positive gadgetgal On Apr 10, 2011, gadgetgal from Cooperstown, NY wrote:

Love my silver lace vine. Somewhat invasive, but tending to it a couple of times per season keeps it in check. Very fast grower. Does anyone know why mine has not bloomed for the past couple of years?The greenery is beautiful, but I would love to see my flowers again. It probably needs some kind of fertilizer, but I am unsure what kind.

Positive jerrycoh On Apr 21, 2010, jerrycoh from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

In mile-high Prescott AZ this plant is decorative, easy to grow. The past winter produced heavy winds, ice and snow; the summer was dry. This is a vacation place and I plant what I think can take some neglect. Silverlace is outstanding. It took the first year to become acclimated (the neglect, you know), then zoomed into performance. I plan to plant one to flow down a steep incline to cover the rocks that stop erosion. I've read differing reports on whether it will survive deer and javelina munching. The first plants mentioned above are fenced.

Positive gardenlady123 On Sep 20, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

We bought two of these vines and they are very fast growers. I have to cut them back in the spring to rid the poor fence of there heaviness. Very pretty when they are in blossom.
full of flowers. Just wish they were fragrant.

Negative Sailsuch On Jul 22, 2007, Sailsuch from Bozrah, CT wrote:

Considered invasive in Connecticut.

Sorce: UCONN Plant database.

Positive WUVIE On Mar 27, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Years ago, I bought two teeny toothpick sized
'plants' via mailorder, which later turned out to
be a not-so-good company in Dave's Garden Watchdog.

Alas, here we are now, the Silverlace Vine is all grown
up, covering a cattle panel I fashioned into an arch located
by our side gate on the south side of the yard. The
interesting thing is, it lives directly below a giant black
walnut tree, obviously not bothered by the toxins the
tree emits into the soil.

Yes, it is indeed a vigorous vine. I typically just tuck
the loose vines into the arch and go about my day.
But a few times during the summer, it never fails, I've
been working hard and as I walk through the arch, a
stretch of SLV grabs my hair and won't let go. Because
I walk fast most of the time, this results in a scalping.

This, in turn, results in a scalping for the vine, as I am
not happy at that point. Out comes the weedeater or
the scissors and I gleefully take my frustrations out on
the vine, rake up the cuttings and go about my day.

Oh, and the cuttings? You can literally stuff them under
a rock and they will grow.

Looks very beautiful when you plant a colored morning
glory in with it, not too many, just enough to add another
color other than white. One year I planted pink morning
glories and when the pink and white were in bloom, it
looked fabulous!

:-) KM

Positive Bellisgirl On Feb 8, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Deffinantly a fast grower! Thats probably why its also known as a "Mile-a-Minute" vine. Mine is on a trellis in partial sun, to add privacy from the neighbors. Good for covering up things in a hurry. I would, howerver, not reccomed this vine for small areas; it does get very big! Pritty, foamy cream flowers in summer. Needs adequite water in the summer, and a good, strong support.

Positive julie88 On Nov 13, 2005, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I purchased 2 plants in spring of '04. They turned out to be nothing more than rooted stem cuttings..I was more than a little disappointed. Couldn't see how they would survive, much less grow "as advertised."

That summer, nothing was really ready for planting, they stayed in large pots until the arbor was built in late August. When I went to pick up the pots to move them to the arbor, I found the roots had grown through the pot and into the soil. UH oh!

I cut the roots, untwined the vines and sunk the plants into their permanent home where they shocked me by blooming their little heads off!

Ok...I had no idea of how to take care of them. In early spring '05, I cut them back to a few inches above the ground where they promptly grew new branches to about 8-10" before a last frost nipped them back to the main stem. I thought they were 'goners'.

Nope! Within a few weeks there were MORE shoots coming from the main stem than had been killed by the frost! And by early summer the arbor was completely covered with my Silverlace Vine!

And yes! These babies can be propagated by about any means you want to experiment with.

When I cut the vines bacn the first time, I decided to try rooting them in water. It worked, but very slowly. So I decided to "plunk" them in the ground and see what happened. THEY GREW!!!

Now I have Silverlace growing in lots of places in my yard, and I couldn't be happier! There aren't too many plants that are as tolerant in my sandy, dry soil as the Polygonum aubertii.

Oh other thing. Those vines I cut off in early spring made great wreaths! :-)


Positive ineedacupoftea On Nov 9, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Behold, the Russian Bullet!

A plant whose beauty in my eyes is derived only from its raw aggresion toward gravity. Growing 20-30 feet in one season, it is good to cut it to the ground every few years, and can cover whole structures given twining support. 1.5 feet per week is easily possible. I have seen it naturalizing on dead cottonwood trees in the narrow mountain valleys where box elder grow. (Northwest CO)

Makes a twiggy cover for birds, seedlings can be controlled easily. Sometimes the flowers are known to attract quite a few wasps- I am not the only one to have observed this. Drought tolerant when established. Leaves sometimes turn a reddish color along with gold/brown in fall. Simple air layering into a gallon pot has worked for me within one month.

I've read about underground runners, but haven't seen it personally.

Positive Seedsower On Oct 6, 2005, Seedsower from Franklin, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a spectacular vine that blooms for weeks and provides shimmery white sprays of flowers. It grows very quickly but can sometimes be killed off during my harsh Wisconsin winters. Two years in a row now I've had a mourning dove nest beneath it on my arbor, so the birds must appreciate its beauty too!

Positive BlessMyBloomers On Jun 7, 2004, BlessMyBloomers from Mississauga
Canada wrote:

Planted in the summer of 2003, it quickly covered half of an arbour and bloomed in early September. I was too late to prune it back this spring and now it is well on its way down the other side of the arbour! Much to my surprise (& delight), I noticed this week-end that it is about to bloom...I thought it was a late summer bloomer. It is an extremely vigorous grower to the point where I am having trouble keeping up with all the new growth. It receives about 6 hours of sun a day and watered when I remember; I am confident in recommending this for anyone looking for a quick, dense cover.

Positive OhioBreezy On Jun 2, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very fast grower!! It quickly and easily covers an arch or arbor in one growing season, dies back in winter here, but easily comes back and grows rampantly to tip top again. The blooms are a cloud of white and oh sooo pretty.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
Prescott, Arizona
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Fallbrook, California
Martinez, California
San Diego, California
Clifton, Colorado
Colorado City, Colorado
Denver, Colorado (2 reports)
Peyton, Colorado
Hobart, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hanson, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Brewer, Maine
East Tawas, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Palmyra, Missouri
Reno, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Cooperstown, New York
North Salem, New York
Southold, New York
Dundee, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Richwood, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Ladys Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Ennis, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Franklin, Wisconsin (2 reports)
Madison, Wisconsin
Muscoda, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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