Our Garlic vine or Mansoa alliacea (Cydista aequinoctialis) is a beautiful addition to our garden. It is an evergreen climbing plant that requires regular pruning.
It is called the Garlic vine because its crushed leaves and woody vines have a garlic-like odour.
The Garlic vine has tri-colour blooms, its bell-shaped flowers have a purple color when new, and as they grow older they change to lavender and then white. This plant prefers sunny locations but requires some shade. It requires a fence or strong trellis on which to run. I read that all parts of the Garlic vine is used in natural medicine (tinctures and decoctions) as a treatment for colds, flu, fever, arthritic and rheumatic pain and smokers’ cough.