I am considering training this Cats Claw vine up the side of my house. It stays green in winter and in summer has the most splendid display of glorious yellow flowers. The rapid growth of the plant would be a plus at first but I may have to trim it back later. At least that is not a tough job because it is easily pulled away.
The claws are amazingly efficient in getting it moving along or up into the landscape. I remember commenting on the beautiful flowers to a neighbour once and her vehement reply that she hated the plant because of how it tried to cover everything. I have been rather impressed with its vigour. Bio-mass is always useful in Permaculture projects and am am always looking for it as an ingredient into my beds or for mulch.
I have seen the cats claw vine reach up to the top of the highest trees on my property. When in flower it adds a lot of beauty.
Biomass en masse! I must admit to wanting vigourous plants for this very reason and so the cats claw vine has this added appeal. It means a little work on occasion to trim rampant growth but the soil benefits from the chop and drop everytime.
I have learned that cats claw is considered a herb by some so will investigate and post my gleanings.
Until next time,
Worth looking at...