All Year Evergreen Vine - Knowledgebase Question

Torrance, CA
Question by aoconnorkmc
March 21, 2002
I'm looking for a vine that will stay green during winter.
It will be in somewhat full sun and I have clay soil and its neighbor across from it is a wisteria sinensis what would look good with and will do well?
I have a few and want to ask your opinion on:
pyrostegia venusta
petrea volubilis
Thank You!

Answer from NGA
March 21, 2002


Stigmaphyllon, or orchid vine, is a summer-bloomer, producing single yellow flowers. It will come into glory after the wisteria stops blooming. It needs well-draining soil, rich in organic matter, and requires regular watering throughout the growing season. Flame vine (Pyrostegia) is a rampant grower (choose this plant only if you have lots of room)and blooms most profusely during the winter months. It isn't fussy about soil but needs full sunshine and moderate water throughout the growing season. Queen's Wreath (Petrea volubilis) is a twining vine native to Mexico. The floral display comes in late spring through early summer, with flower clusters about the same shape and color as your wisteria. I'd choose the orchid vine as a companion to the wisteria. The growing conditions are similar, but the flower size, shape and color are different, which will give your garden a whole new look as the seasons change.

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