What is a hearty vine for Arizona? - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, az
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Question by cassiehauck
February 25, 2007
I have white flower bower vines that were toasted in the January frost we had here in Arizona. It got below freezing a couple of days which killed all the growth on the vines. I am looking for a heartier vine that will surive the cold usual couple days of frost we get every winter but that also has a flower. I have heard maybe Cats Claw as an alternative? Can you recommend some good alternatives that are nice green vines for some trellis that have colorful flowers (that are not bouganvilla) I have a small child and want nothing with thorns. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
February 25, 2007
The cold and freezes that we experienced in January 2007 were unusually severe. Generally, most of our desert-adapted plants will come through winters okay. Cat's claw vine tolerates both cold (15 degrees F) and tremendous sun and heat although some folks don't like that because it clings to surfaces with its "cat's claws" it can do damage to paint and stucco over time. However, on a trellis that isn't much of a concern. Other cold-hardy evergreen vines with flowers include: lilac vine (15-20 degrees); primrose jasmine (15 degrees) and Lady Bank's rose (10 degrees; thornless).

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