Coral Vine

Antigonon leptopus

Lacy sprays of bright pink flowers with deeper pink centers adorn this rapid climber. Good cover for arbors and fences. An integral vine for southern gardens, this vine thrives on hot walls, and is highly drought tolerant, once established. May remain evergreen in warmest regions.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationan-TIG-oh-non LEP-toh-pus
LoreCoral vine is a first class bee plant and can be found supporting a huge population of insects whenever it is in bloom. Therefore beware of its use close to living areas and swimming pools. Antigonon leptopus is known by numerous common names, everywhere it grows: Tallahassee Vine, Honolulu Creeper, Confederate Vine, Mexican Coral Vine, Mexican Creeper, Chain of Love, Queen's Jewels, Desert Bleeding Heart, and Queen's Wreath. In other languages, names include: Kadena de Amor, Flor de San Diego, Rosa de Mayo, Corona de Reina, Hierba de Santa Rosa, and San Miguelito, Indigenous populations called it Coamecate, Coamecatl, Chak lol makal, Cuamécatl, Gui-bakushu, Mamasa-sai and Tunuc.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing vine; twining stems quickly reach 30 to 40 ft. long.
Bloom TimeLate Summer through Fall
Design IdeasThis is a beautiful fast growing vine to grow along fence lines and to cloak small structures. Finely twines up espalier wires and treillage. Drape over walls for a truly delicate look. Train up onto shade structures for quick coverage, particularly temporary ones for the summer season. Particularly valuable in extremely hot southwestern communities.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeRepeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Rock Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Agave (Agave)

Best in full sun, in soil with ample drainage. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide trellis or arbor support. Prune annually to remove frost damaged foliage and to maintain desired size.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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