lacy -fern-like vine with small bright red flowers - Knowledgebase Question

N. Augusta, SC
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Question by carlton207
September 18, 2005
I've seen a couple of plants around town that I've never noticed before. It is a deep green fern like leaves with small red flowers.
Both were growing vine like. One was over a huge arbor and the other
growing up a telephone pole. I have tried to find it online but
couldn't find a clear picture. Is it cypress vine?

Answer from NGA
September 18, 2005
Yes, it does sound like it. Cypress vine and cardinal climber are both common names for Ipomoea quamoclit -- red blooms, fern-like foliage. There is another (closely related) vine also sometimes called by these same common names. Ipomoea x multifida has a similar red bloom but the foliage is not fern-like.

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