Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 30-40 feet (9-12 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Deciduous in colder zones.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Year Round
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 65º-70ºF (19-21ºC)
Days to germinate: 3 to 4 weeks.
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow, lightly covering with soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

Perched is Green Birdwing Butterfly (ID by jmorth)

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Posted by vitrsna (Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico - Zone 11a) on Feb 15, 2015 2:59 PM

This plant is native to Mexico and can cover large expanses of space in the wild given the right conditions. It will climb and/or creep via delicate looking tendrils. The flowers are small and a bold pink, and in my area (zone 11) they bloom year round. I understand it is also available with white flowers. I've never seen a plant with "Coral" flowers and so am puzzled by how it got to be commonly called "Coral Vine". It is also commonly called "Rose of Montana," which is a little bit funny because it is called "Rosa de Montaña" in Spanish, which translates as "Mountain Rose". Somewhere along the line of creating common names for plants, someone had a whoops moment, which appears to have stuck.

In my area (southwest Mexico) this plant attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. My experience is that the bees took complete charge of my vine. Normally docile bees became territorial and would chase away butterflies and hummingbirds. I had thousands of bees in my small, wall-enclosed garden. I love this plant. It grows well with little attention, but the bees were so numerous that it caused a problem in my small garden. In a larger, wide-open-space garden, I think they would not be such a problem. I tried growing the vine in a container, and not so large, because I liked it so much. As soon as the buds opened, the bees again came by the thousands, but this time they spread out to the cosmos and tithonia as well. Alas, I am unable to grow this vine and I miss it, but for someone wanting a beautiful and easy-care vine that will feed hungry bees, this is the vine for you (probably if you are in zone 9 and up).

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Plant Events from our members
tabbycat On June 12, 2019 Transplanted
Now 18" I planted by the east fence at the base of a trellis to help it to top of wood fence
tabbycat On April 15, 2019 Potted up
A plant found from fallen seeds from vine after it died came up Spring 2018. Now at 12" I moved into a 6" pot
RobGlen On November 2, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
The honey bees love this vine. I give it no care whatsoever. Survived all its own through the summer heat.
piksihk On April 24, 2019 Transplanted
HW back
piksihk On October 6, 2018 Obtained plant
Josie A. Mercer swap
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