• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous stems quickly reach 20 to 25 ft. long.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowering Vine
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mak-fad-e-EN-ah un-gu-is-KAT-eye
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous stems quickly reach 20 to 25 ft. long.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis lovely tropical appearing vine is much hardier than expected. One of the few trumpet-flowered vines that self-clings, its little suction cups are easy on masonry. Plant it out of the wind but in full sun to cloak a wall in golden yellow. Stunning when trained up buff-colored classical columns or pilasters. Let it wind its way through very large-dimension latticework, or send up on the roof, where it blooms with vigor in warm climates. Perhaps the best vine for sculpting over windows and doorways in warmer climates.
    Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Lantana (Lantana); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Plumbago (Plumbago)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in a range of well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Quickly naturalizes; prune as needed after flowering to control size.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This vine and its kin are mired in a complex, changing nomenclature within the family Bignonia. Alfred Rehdr of the Arnold Arboretum listed the genus as Doxantha and later it was dropped altogether and given Macfadyana to include only four species. The vine is native to the American tropics from Mexico south to Argentina. The ungus-cati is from the Latin for cat's claw, referring to the shape of its climbing holdfasts.
    Trumpet vines of all kinds are exceedingly attractive to hummingbirds which can reach deep into the flowers for their nectaries.