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Plant Information

Scientific Name: Petrea volubilis
Alternative Names: Queen's wreath, Sandpaper vine

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Petrea volubilis


  • Perennial
  • Purple Wreath is an evergreen flowering climber with drooping long racemes of delicate violet-purple star-like flowers.
  • It is a semi-shrub and semi-climber, and the small wooden trunk develops artistic curves over the years.
  • Purple Wreath looks as if an Ikebana expert has shaped it for his floral arrangement.
  • It start to flower in spring - the flowers come in raceme reaching over 30cm long.
  • The flowers remain for more than a month on the plant and attract butterflies.
  • Purple Wreath's rough texture of the leaves resemble sandpaper especially when you touch the leave – therefor it is also called Sandpaper vine.
  • It prefers full sun - and can tolerate shade, although it will then not flower profusely.
  • Purple Wreath can handle frost at temperatures down to -2 °C.
  • It can be grown in big pots/containers.

Parts Used

  • Aboveground parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Studies have shown anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and anticancer properties.
  • In Bangladesh it is used for diabetes.
  • The Wayapi ethnic group in Brazil traditionally used a preparation with sap to treat burns, wounds, inflammation and abscesses.
  • In the Caribbean it is used to treat diarrhea.
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded through history. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner.

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