Sunday, May 31, 2009

Antigonon leptopus

Antigonon leptopus is the Latin, but common names include Mexican Creeper, Confederate Vine, Corallita, Mexican Coral Vine, and Coral Vine. I've also heard it called Queen's Wreath, but not to be confused with a distinctly different, purple-flowered plant with the same name.

I love this plant. Photographs don't do it justice; it is too difficult to capture both the cascading abundance of bright, green leaves as well as the detail of the dainty, delicate flowers and curlicues of the vine. I have seen the flowers in pink too, which is also very pretty. My research tells me that it's native to Mexico and Central America, and I know it grows well here in Austin, but I am wondering how well this plant would do in Portland. Both Austin and Portland are in the same USDA hardiness zones (8-9), so that's promising.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, this is my and my hubby's plant. Like, some people have a song, we have a plant. It creeped through our first garden we had together... Cassie

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  2. Man, I don't have a song OR a plant!

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