Akebia Blossom

Written for:  carpe Diem #1196 (theme week 2) Akebia Blossom (Akebi no hana)
Akebia is a cold hardy climber with fragrant blooms and sweet purple fruit. It’s native to Japan where it grows wild in the forest. In late spring, chocolate-pink blossoms bloom in clusters against delicate lacy foliage. In fall, fat lavender fruit appear. They’re incredibly sweet, even more impressive than the flowers. It thrives in dappled sun or full shade (few vines bloom in the shade) and isn’t fussy about soil, though it prefers even moisture. Evergreen in mild winters, it loses its leaves in cold climates, but the twining woody branches are handsome even when bare.
It is said that the blossoms are having a chocolate perfume ….

Akebia Blossom

hidden fruit
sweet lavender bulbs, fragrant
spread scent of chocolate


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Akebia Blossom

  1. gypsy says:

    I love this. Beautiful flower, poem, and photograph.


  2. Excellent haiku Sara. I still couldn’t come up with a good haiku on the Akebia


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