Extremely fast-growing perennial vines with large, deeply lobed, toothed leaves to 6 in. long are attractive for summer screening on trellises or arbors. One species, H. lupulus, yields the hops used in beer. Bloom comes in late summer. Male plants produce flower panicles; females bear blossoms in striking greenish spikes reminiscent of pine cones.
From many northern temperate regions of the world. This species produces the traditional flavoring for beer. The hops, or female flowers, are soft, flaky, 1–2-in., light green cones of bracts and blossoms that emit a fresh, piny fragrance. Bright green leaves have three to five lobes. The tender top shoots can be cooked as a vegetable.
Plants sold in nurseries are typically female; no pollenizer is needed. May be offered as potted plants or as dormant roots. The roots should be planted in rich soil in early spring; set just below the surface of the soil with the thick end up.
‘Aureus’ is a female variety with golden-green, almost chartreuse leaves.
Native to Europe and Asia. Grows to 40–70 ft. tall and wide. The common name refers to woolly wh...
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Native to central Asia, central and eastern Europe. The classic filler in bouquets. Grows 3 ft. or tal...