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Beaumontia grandiflora (photo courtesy of Richard Shiell)
Beaumontia grandiflora (photo courtesy of Richard Shiell)

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Zones 12, 13, 16, 17, 21-27, H1, H2
Full Sun
Regular Water

Beaumontia grandiflora

Herald’s Trumpet, Easter Lily Vine
Evergreen, Vines

From the Himalayas. Rampant vine that uses arching, twining branches to climb 30 ft. Large (6–9-in.), oval to roundish dark green leaves, smooth and shiny above, slightly downy beneath, give lush tropical look. From spring through summer, bears fragrant flowers that look like Easter lilies: trumpet shaped, 5 in. long, green-veined white.

Does best in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter; regular feeding produces most lavish display of foliage and flowers. Prune after bloom to shape or limit size; flowers are produced on wood 2 years or older, so keep a good proportion of old wood. Hardy to 28°F/–2°C. Frost kills it to the ground, but it usually comes back from the roots. Use as a big espalier on a warm, wind-sheltered wall or train along eaves of house; sturdy supports are essential, since growth is heavy. Good choice for planting near swimming pools.

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