ORCHID VINE

FAMILY: Malpighiaceae | GENUS: MASCAGNIA

TYPE
  • Vines / Ground Covers
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water

Plant Details

Vines of Mexican origin that bloom during the hottest time of year. Bright green leaves in opposite pairs look like those of honeysuckle (Lonicera). Clusters of five-petaled, 1 inches blooms centered with ten stamens; petals are shaped like Ping-Pong paddles. Oddly winged seedpods look some- thing like butterflies and are sometimes used in dried arrangements.

lavender orchid vine

mascagnia lilacina

  • Zones CS, TS; USDA 9-11.
  • To 1520 feet., with 112 inches leaves and lilac flowers that are followed by inch-wide seedpods.
  • Plant is hardy to 1518F; leaves drop off at 22F.

yellow orchid vine

mascagnia macroptera

  • Zone LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11.
  • To 15 feet., with 3 inches leaves.
  • Abundant, bright yellow flowers are followed by conspicuous, 2 inches., yellow-green seed- pods.
  • Hardy to 10F but may die back to the ground.

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