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Butterfly Vine

Mascagnia macroptera

This heat-loving evergreen vine produces a late spring display, with eye-catching clusters of bright yellow, orchid-shaped flowers against dark green foliage. Often blooms again in the fall. Seed pods have a papery butterfly-like appearance, giving this vine its name. Use on a trellis, or as a mounding shrub or sprawling ground cover.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationmas-KAYN-ee-a mak-roh-TER-uh
Average Size at MaturityTwining stems quickly climb 10 to 12 ft. tall, with support.
Bloom TimeSpring, repeating in summer and early fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical, Xeric
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Poolside, Privacy Screen, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Heat Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCoral Vine (Antigonon); Lantana (Lantana); Plumbago (Plumbago); Poker (Kniphofia); Bulbine (Bulbine)

Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; will tolerate moderate drought. Prune for shape and structure in early spring. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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