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

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

Beaumontia grandiflora

Herald’s Trumpet, Easter Lily Vine
Apocynaceae
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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