It flowers a little earlier than does kangaroo vine, and its edible fruits are mostly over by June. I find them pleasanter-tasting than those of the kangaroo vine, so long as they are eaten very ripe. Some people complain that they can have the same tendency to irritate the throat. I haven’t noticed this, and it may be the case that fruit varies from plant to plant.
In the garden or as a pot plant, it can be used in all the same ways, and perhaps a few more, as it is a little hardier to drought.
Like kangaroo vine, five-leafed water vine can get to be very large, as this photo of an ancient rainforest specimen shows.In a garden, it is suitable only for growing on a large, well-established tree, or on a sturdy pergola where it could make an attractive, bird-attracting shade plant.