Southwest Gardening forum: Vigna Caracalla exposure question

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Name: A.M.

Mar 9, 2010 5:24 PM CST
Has anybody grown this vine? I'm wondering just how much sun it can take in the desert southwest. Would a south exposure & near white stucco wall be too much?

Thanks a bunch for anyhelp you can give me.

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Mar 10, 2010 4:46 PM CST
A buddy of mine has one growing on a pergola that is located on the south side of his house and gets full sun from probably 9am to about 7pm in the evenings.
The vine looks fantastic.
Name: A.M.

Mar 10, 2010 5:04 PM CST
Thank you so much! That is exactly what I was hoping for. Much appreciated.

Sep 30, 2010 11:08 AM CST
It will probably work for you, but know that its not highly regarded here. Not as pretty as the pictures suggest, and develops a thick mat of dead material under the living. Also, can grow too aggressively and take over a location without some serious cutting back. Its functional, but regarded as an 'older' way to cover a wall.
Try a passionflower (Frederick) instead.

Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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Sep 30, 2010 1:48 PM CST
I have a passiflora that is the same way though...lots of dead stuff underneath the life stuff. It keeps trying to eat up my Mimosa tree too. If I didn't enjoy the flowers so much, I would hack it down and kill it dead! =)


Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Oct 1, 2010 10:50 AM CST
I have this vine and except for the dead leaves that collect in the wire canopy (it's in my kitty habitat), I have no problem with undergrowth. What I don't like about this vine is that it is a huge magnet for spider mites. Every summer, there's an invasion that all but decimates the vine unless I hit it with a hard spray of water nearly every day.

Alan, I envy your passie success. I have not been able to keep one alive long enough to enjoy many blooms. IMO, they are definitely more finicky than the vigna caracalla.
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