Russian vine

Polygonum baldschuanicum | Also known as: Mile-a-minute plant, Fallopia baldschuanica, Bilderdykia baldschuanica, Reynoutria baldschuanica, | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

Have you got an unattractive fence or bare patch of wall that you want to cover up quickly? Polygonum baldschuanicum, which is commonly known as Russian vine, is the plant for the job. This quick-growing climber has oval to heart-shaped dark green foliage, which is lovely to look at but the real treat is the plethora of white funnel-shaped flowers that bloom in summer and which are attractively fragranced. Very easy to grow, this climber is suitable for most moist and well-drained soils either in a partially shaded area or somewhere where it will receive full sunlight. Whether you train Russian vine on a trellis or to cover a wall or fence you should keep an eye on it as its fast growth rate may require you to keep this climber in check depending on where it is grown. However, the stunning curtain of beauty provided by this climber makes the maintenance well worth the effort.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 12
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Creeping
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Colours
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years