Happy Wanderer Purple Lilac Vine

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A vining evergreen presenting narrow blue-green leaves with rounded tips and clusters of purple flowers in late winter through spring; this plant will climb with support or will be a sprawling cascading ground cover if not supported

Mature Height: 7 feetMature Width: 4 feetLight: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Attracts,Pollinators, Butterflies
Botanical Name,
Bulb Size,
Bulbs per Package,
Deer Resistant,
Evergreen or Deciduous,Evergreen
Family Name,Pea
Flower Color,
Bloom Time,Late Winter to Mid Spring
Foliage Color,Green
Genus Name,Hardenbergia
Tomato Class,
Tomato Type,
Days to Emerge,
Days to Maturity,
Growth Rate,Medium
Hardiness Zone,9a
Harvest Season,
Landscape Uses,Screening, Rock, Garden, Groundcover, Container
Light Needs,Full Sun, Partial Shade
Mature Height,7 feet
Mature Width,4 feet
Prune Time,Prune After Flowering
Self Pollinating,
Water Needs,Dry to Average

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Essentials for Success

For flourishing plants, use potting soil for potted plants or planting mix for garden beds paired with Root Zone starter fertilizer is the perfect duo to foster robust root growth and minimize transplant shock.


Happy Wanderer Purple Vine Lilac is a multi-stemmed evergreen vine. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Happy Wanderer Dwarf Purple Vine Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications:
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Trellis and Arbors
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Happy Wanderer Purple Vine Lilac is clothed in stunning clusters of lilac purple pea-like flowers with purple overtones and chartreuse spots along the branches from late winter to mid spring, which emerge from distinctive violet flower buds. It has attractive bluish-green foliage with hints of powder blue which emerges chartreuse in spring. The small narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The coppery-bronze stems can be quite attractive.


Planting & Growing

Happy Wanderer Purple Vine Lilac will grow to be about 6 to 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Happy Wanderer Dwarf Purple Vine Lilac makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.