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Antigonon leptopus (photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth)
Antigonon leptopus (photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth)

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Zones 12, 13, 18-30, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Antigonon leptopus

Queen’s Wreath
Polygonaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Vines

Native to Mexico. Where summers are long and hot, this tuberous-rooted perennial vine grows quickly, climbing by tendrils to 40 ft. to make an open, airy foliage cover. Leaves are bright green, and heart-shaped or arrow-shaped; small rose-pink flowers are carried in long, trailing sprays from midsummer to fall. A wonderful vine in the low deserts of California and Arizona, where it can grow without irrigation but may die back to the ground in summer. Elsewhere, give it the hottest place in the garden; choose a warm, wind-sheltered spot in Southern California coastal gardens. Let it shade a patio or terrace, or drape its foliage and blossom sprays along eaves or a fence. Varieties include rare white ‘Album’ and hot rose-pink (nearly red) ‘Baja Red’.

Vine is evergreen in mild-winter areas; cut back vigorous growth in late winter or early spring. In frosty areas, the leaves drop in fall and most of the top dies, but recovery is quick when weather warms. Where winter temperatures dip below 25°F (–4°C), protect roots with mulch. Remove frost-killed stems from their support before new growth emerges in spring.

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