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CLYTOSTOMA callistegioides

Image of Clytostoma callistegioides

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Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

CLYTOSTOMA callistegioides

Plant Common Name

Argentine Trumpet Vine, Painted Trumpet, Violet Trumpet Vine

General Description

What a beautiful flowering vine for southern climes! A South American native, violet trumpet vine is a vigorous, evergreen climber with glossy dark green leaves. From spring to summer it produces many tubular, five-petaled blooms of pale lavender-blue to lavender-rose with darker veining and pale yellow throats. These are attractive to bees and hummingbirds and are followed by prickly green fruits.

Violet trumpet vine grows and flowers best in full to partial sun and average to fertile soil with good drainage. It climbs by tendrils and looks great rambling along trellises, fences or pergolas. If extremely happy, this vine will become rampantly vigorous and require regular pruning to keep it in line.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 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

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Argentina, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Rose, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes