These twining vines native to Mexico are useful in desert gardens, where they grow to about 15 ft. and bloom at the hottest time of year. Bright green leaves in opposite pairs resemble those of honeysuckle (Lonicera). Bear clusters of five-petaled blossoms (the petals are shaped like Ping-Pong paddles); each bloom is centered with ten stamens. Oddly winged seedpods that look something like butterflies follow the flowers; these are sometimes used in dried arrangements.
This vine twines to 15–20 ft., with 1 1/2-in. leaves and lilac flowers that are followed by inch-wide seed pods. The plant is hardy to 15° to 18°F/–9° to –8°C.Mascagnia macroptera
Grows to 15 ft., with 3-in. leaves. Abundant bright yellow flowers are followed by conspicuous 2-in., yellow-green seed pods. Hardy to 22° to 24°F/–6° to –4°C.
Grows to 4 ft. tall and 2 1/2 ft. wide. Leaves have five to nine 8-in. leaflets. Red flowers.
From central Europe. Grows to 1 1/2–3 ft. high and as wide. Deep purplish red flower heads bloom...
Native to Chile. This is a slow-growing, single-stemmed palm that grows to 50–60 ft. tall and 25...