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-in. 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.
M. lilacina. LAVENDER ORCHID VINE. Zones CS, TS; USDA 9-11. To 1520 ft., with 112-in. leaves and lilac flowers that are followed by inch-wide seedpods. Plant is hardy to 1518F; leaves drop off at 22F.
M. macroptera. YELLOW ORCHID VINE. Zone LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11. To 15 ft., with 3-in. leaves. Abundant, bright yellow flowers are followed by conspicuous, 2-in., yellow-green seed- pods. Hardy to 10F but may die back to the ground.