Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Las Vegas, Ne
Question by trifilettis
February 20, 2008
I need to plant some hardy vines that will stay green all year. It's get in the 20's abd 30's at night in the winter and very hot in the summer. The ones I planted dies back in the winter and it looks terrible for about 5 months. We live in Las Vegas.


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Answer from NGA
February 20, 2008

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Here are some of my favorites:

Grape Ivy (Cissus Trifoliata) is a moderate growing, low-water-use and low litter vine native to the southwest US and Mexico. It is hardy to 20 degrees and can tolerate full sun to shade. This semi-evergreen vine can provide an interesting effect if allowed to climb in trees.

Lilac Vine (Hardenbergia Violacea) is a fast growing, low-water-use and low litter vine that is native to Australia. It is hardy to 20 degrees and can tolerate full sun to partial sun. This evergreen vine has purple clusters of flowers that bloom from winter to spring and needs well-drained soil.

Yellow Orchid Vine (Mascagnia Macroptera) is a moderate growing, low-water-use vine that has seasonal litter and is native to Mexico. Recently reclassified as Callaeum Macropterum this vine is hardy to 22 degrees and can tolerate full sun. It is semi-evergreen and has yellow clusters of flowers in late spring to early summer. If you prefer purple flowers try Mascagnia Lilacina.

Baja Passion Vine (Passiflora Foetida v. Longipedunculata) is a moderate growing, low-water-use and low litter vine that is native to Baja California. The Baja Passion Vine likes full sun, it is hardy to 25 degrees, semi-evergreen and has white and purple flowers in the summer that attract Gulf Fritillary Butterflies. The flowers on this vine are some of the most interesting you will ever see.

Pink Trumpet Vine (Podranea Ricasoliana) is a moderate growing, low-water-use and semi-evergreen vine that is native to South Africa and has seasonal litter. It is hardy to 25 degrees, can tolerate full sun to partial shade and has showy pink clusters of flowers in the late summer to fall.

Hope one of these vines is just right for your garden!

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