Hops is widely grown as a key ingredient in beer making, but this perennial vine is also beautiful, making it an excellent ornamental. The hops used in beer making are the seed heads of the vine. Because the plant has separate sexes, you'll need to plant a female vine to get the hops and a male plant to pollinate. Harvest hops when they feel light and dry to the touch. Vines grow vigorously, so provide a sturdy trellis. Prune hops back to the ground every spring.
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Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' has chartreuse foliage. It is grown as an ornamental vine for its lobed yellow-green leaves. It also bears small greenish-white flowers that attract butterflies. In the North, it can withstand full sun, but foliage may scorch without afternoon shade in warm climates. Zones 4-9