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BIGNONIA violacea

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Maureen Gilmer

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

BIGNONIA violacea

Plant Common Name

Purple Trumpet Vine

General Description

Purple trumpet vine is a fast growing broad-leafed evergreen vine that blooms spring through autumn. It is native to Argentina and Brazil. The somewhat fragrant flowers are lavender, violet, or pale purple with throats of yellow.

Purple trumpet vine climbs easily over trellises, fences and walls. Plant it in a moist, well drained soil in partial shade to nearly full sun. It looks its best if given a break from the hottest midday sunrays. Prune the plant back in late winter if it becomes entangled or a woody mess. In areas that receive light winter frosts this vine will die back to the roots and return in spring.

Also may be available under the botanical name Clytostoma callistegioides.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Argentina, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Light Yellow, Lavender, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Striped

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No