Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: common hop
Type: Vine
Family: Cannabaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: September to October
Bloom Description: Green
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Herb
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Colorful
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. 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. Dies to the ground each winter, so stems may be pruned to the ground in autumn after a hard frost.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Hops vine is a dioecious, rhizomatous, twining, perennial vine which grows rapidly and vigorously to 15-25' long each year by mid-summer. This cultivar has coarsely serrate, 3-5 lobed leaves which emerge bright chartreuse in spring, but some leaves tend to turn more greenish as the growing season progresses. Greenish female flowers are borne in small, bracted spikes resembling cones which mature in late summer. Flowers emit a pine-like fragrance and are attractive to butterflies. Hops (the dried ripe cones of the female flowers) of Humulus lupulus are commonly used by breweries as an ingredient to preserve and flavor beer.


No serious insect or disease problems. Needs a support structure on which to climb.

Garden Uses

Good foliage vine for trellises and arbors. Incorporate into an herb garden. Good screen that will rapidly cover unattractive structures.