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Evergreen, Vines

These Mexican natives are spectacular vines for milder climates, reaching heights of 20–30 ft. Glossy leaves consist of two leaflets with a central, three-part tendril that plants use for climbing. All bear long-lasting, trumpet-shaped flowers. Plant in good, well-drained soil; provide sturdy support, since growth is dense and heavy. Prune in winter to thin stems and control size.

Distictis buccinatoria
Distictis buccinatoria

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Distictis buccinatoria

Oblong to oval leaflets 2–4 in. long. Clusters of 4-in.-long, yellow-throated flowers in orange-red fading to bluish red; blossoms stand out well from the vine. Blooms in bursts throughout the year when the weather warms. Give a protected site in the interior valleys of California.

Distictis ‘Rivers’

Plants sold under this name are nearly a match for Distictis buccinatoria in vigor and foliage and have flowers of about the same size that are mauve to purple with a yellow to orange throat. Sometimes labeled D. riversii.

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