General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 to 16 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Large, spiny pods
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Creamy yellowish-white
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Monkey's Comb
  • Pente-de-Macaco
  • Cipo-Cruzeiro
  • Bateita
  • Petaquilla
  • Bejuco de Perdiz
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Amphilophium crucigerum
  • Synonym: Pithecoctenium echinatum
  • Synonym: Pithecoctenium crucigerum

  • Posted by BlueOddish (South Jordan, Utah, USA - Zone 7a) on Oct 2, 2018 8:23 PM concerning plant:
    Common names for this plant in Brazil include "Pente-de-Macaco" and "Cipó-Cruzeiro".

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