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BEAUMONTIA grandiflora

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James Burghardt

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

BEAUMONTIA grandiflora

Plant Common Name

Easter Lily Vine, Herald's Trumpet, Nepal Trumpet Flower

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General Description

With dangling clusters of large white trumpet-shaped flowers in very late winter and into the spring, herald's trumpet is a spectacular vine perfect for smaller tropical gardens. A heavy, vigorous evergreen vine it is native to southern Asia from the Himalayan foothills southeastward into Vietnam. Here, its lily-like blooms appear in proximity to the Easter holiday, yielding another common name.

Rust-colored hairs are on the undersides of youngest leaves before they mature to larger oval or oblong foliage. Dark glossy green in color they are somewhat rippled. In late winter to mid-spring branch tips bear loose but obvious clusters of Easter lily-like, trumpet-shaped flowers of white. Each dangles downward and is fragrant with flaring lobes. The calyx (modified leaf) that holds each bloom is a contrasting rust, as it is covered in hairs.

Grow herald's trumpet in full sun in average garden soils that are fertile and have good drainage. Provide ample water in the warmth of the growing season and then markedly drier conditions in late fall and winter. Use this vine to cloak a sturdy arbor or wood trellis in a tropical courtyard or backyard swimming pool vicinity. It also is a nice espalier subject if protected from wind. After flowering the stems can be pruned back to keep this vine in bounds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-35' / 6.1m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, India

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No