Royal Trumpet Vine
Royal Trumpet Vine
Distictis 'Rivers'Item #1247 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
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An exceptional climber that offers continuous color when other vines start to fade. Handsome, glossy, green foliage backs purple-mauve trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats. A strong vine that climbs by tendrils. Use for evergreen cover on a fence, arbor or high wall. A frost-tender evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:DIS-tik-tis HIB-ridPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; stems reach 25 to 30 ft. long.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Summer to FallFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasThis exquisite vine deserves to be grown up close to outdoor living areas due to the intensely colored blooms. Train onto a porch or balcony weaving through the railings or up the post. Cascades nicely off walls and fences. Exceptional climbing into trees and shrubs in tropical gardens.Companion PlantsBanana (Ensete); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbage (Plumbago); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
- CareCare InformationThrives in most loamy, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size. Protect from temperatures below 30 degrees.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This is a unique hybrid of two closely related vines of Mexico and tropical Central America. It's parents are purple flowered Distictus laxiflora and fast growing D. buccinatoria. The latter is well known under genus Bignonia and Phaedranthus, but in recent years has finally been classified in its own genus.Lore:This trumpet vine is a strong hummingbird lure with its tubular flowers adapted to the bird's long beak.