Leaf retention: Evergreen in frost-free areas, dies to ground
in freezing temperatures.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: To 25' long.
Flowers: Clusters of small, white, pink or red flowers.
Bloom: Spring through fall. Bloom ends at first frost in fall or start
Fruit: Very small brown seeds within capsule of dried, crumpled petals.
Leaves: Green, heart-shaped leaves.
Stems: No thorns. Tendrils allow vine to climb.
Roots: Forms a tuber.
Wildlife: Flowers attracts bees, seeds attract birds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Mexico and Central America.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Once or twice a month in part shade, weekly in full sun
during hottest parts of year.
Soil: Tolerant of soil types, does better in enriched soil,
pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline).
Mulch: In fall to protect tuber in areas with winter freezes.
Prune: Winter cleanup of dead sections, possibly cutting entire vine
Litter: Low except winter cleanup.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings, layering, dividing tubers.
Uses: Ornamental, on a wall or trellis.
Long blooming. Considered invasive in Florida. Seeds float on water.
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