25 Common Hops seeds, Humulus lupulus
Common hops is a perennial herbaceous climbing plant which sends up new shoots in early spring and dies back to the cold-hardy rhizome in autumn. It is native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. The flower cones of the plant, known as hops, are used in the production of beer to impart bitterness and flavor, and for their preservative qualities. The extract is antimicrobial, and has a similar medicinal effect as valerian. Although frequently referred to as the hop "vine", it is technically a bine; unlike vines, which use tendrils, suckers, and other appendages for attaching themselves, bines have stout stems with stiff hairs to aid in climbing.
Dioecious; Male and female plants. Hardy, Adaptable, Easy to Grow, Fast Growing, Fragrant Flowering Vine, Attracts Butterflies, Edible Fruits.
Sun: Full sun to part shade, medium water. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Prefers moist, rich soils, but has some tolerance for drought. Prefers full sun in northern climates, but needs some shade in the deep South to prevent leaf color from bleaching. Needs a support structure on which to climb. Dies to the ground each winter, so stems may be pruned to the ground in autumn after a hard frost. Good foliage vine for trellises and arbors. Incorporate into an herb garden. Good screen that will rapidly cover unattractive structures.