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PlantFiles: Garlic Vine, Ajos Sacha (False Garlic)
Cydista aequinoctialis

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cydista (sigh-DIS-tuh) (Info)
Species: aequinoctialis (eek-wee-nok-tee-AY-lis) (Info)

Synonym:Bignonia alliacea
Synonym:Pachyptera alliacea
Synonym:Bignonia aequinoctialis
Synonym:Mansoa alliacea
Synonym:Pseudocalymma alliaceum

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Devesh On Feb 13, 2015, Devesh from Jaipur
India wrote:

This woody climber is growing in my house for 20+years. The climate of Jaipur ( Rajasthan , India ) is semi arid. Summer temperature ranges between 40 to 46 Celsius (high end) and winter low is 5 to 9 degrees ( centigrade or Celsius ). Rain fall is not very high , average about 26-28 inches.
This climber in my place has grown to a height of 25 feet + . It could have attained more height , but I get it pruned yearly. And it needs support to climb.
It flowers very profusely two-three times a year. Some pods are formed may be Seeds are also formed , which I could not collect.
Will post some photographs here

Positive lcnpsl On Oct 14, 2013, lcnpsl from Port St Lucie, FL wrote:

I have two of these flanking a pink bower vine. Easily a favorite, love the perfect bouquets of purple fading to lilac flowers, very nonaggressive plant. Although the single bower vine easily overcomes the two garlic vines when unchecked, they are
stunning in bloom
together. Tiny birds ( I
have seen painted
buntings and ruby
throated hummingbirds
and several other
species shelter there,
especially during rain)
love it too.

Positive leonortorres On Jan 25, 2010, leonortorres from Miami, FL wrote:

My two garlic vines have been growing for several years in the strong Miami,Florida sun. One has never bloomed, the other one has grown taller and blooms twice a year in Dec and Jan. The blooms last only two weeks. Aye, there's the rub, it doesnt bloom enough for my taste, otherwise it's a joy. It's not invasive. It is not destructive of fences or trellises, it's a gentle vine.
Home Depot recommended acid fertilizer.

Positive seedpicker_TX On Dec 22, 2006, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Pretty trumpet shaped flowers that start out bright medium purple, and fade to pale lavender as they age, giving the overall look of the vine a tricolor look when loaded with lots of blooms.

The foliage when rubbed or brushed against, gives off the fragrance of garlic, hense the name.

The blooms have some fragrance, but it is very mild.

This is not commonly found in commerce yet, and is on the tender loves the heat. Mine sits and pouts until mid-summer when it is the hottest.

The blooms can last almost a week...

They root from stiff green cuttings and require heat to root. Same with the seeds. The seeds do not need a cold spell, and should be surface sown with heat.

Positive LeePerk On Nov 2, 2006, LeePerk from Zolfo Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

new with the plant but it has just begun to bloom and it is beautiful


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Kinston, Alabama
Auburndale, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Lake Placid, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Miami, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Naples, Florida
North Port, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Punta Gorda, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Venice, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Zolfo Springs, Florida
Crowley, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Plano, Texas

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