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Podranea ricasoliana

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Podranea (pod-RAY-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: ricasoliana (rik-uh-sol-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Pandorea ricasoliana
Synonym:Tecoma mackenii
Synonym:Tecoma ricasoliana
Synonym:Bignonia rosada

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

31 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dandjfl On Oct 23, 2012, dandjfl from Port Saint John, FL wrote:

I live in Port St. John Florida, love my Port St. John plant. It loves to be trimmed and blossoms alot more when pruned.

Positive Alileo On Sep 30, 2010, Alileo from Manila
Philippines wrote:

I had this plant in a clay planter 2ft in diam. for a decade in Manila. It grew up leaning on a 10-ft. wall and gave fragrant flowers profusely every summer. I had never seen any seed on it in the city. Two years ago I planted another specimen directly in the ground in Tagaytay, a slightly cool place 75km south of Metro Manila; it grew well there too, blooming profusely and producing a few seed pods. The seeds are contained in seed pods of varying lengths--from 1/2 ft. to 1-1/2 ft in length, looking like a string bean pod but a bit flattened and pointed at the end. Perhaps it's the warm climate, but the plant does not become invasive in the Philippines, so I don't regard it as a weed at all. Perfect against a perimeter wall where it can climb up and overflow at the top.

Neutral Gardenist On Aug 16, 2010, Gardenist from Galveston, TX wrote:

This vine appeared in the second summer after hurricane Ike, as did a lot of other weird plants. I believed it to be a weed until I saw it at the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, TX. It has been in bloom since May and is profuse with flowers. True, nothng kills it, as I tried believing it was a weed. Will try to keep it controlled as it is invading the one tree remaining on the back property. This could be a full time job!

Negative olindagirl On Nov 21, 2009, olindagirl from Fullerton, CA wrote:

Some 35 years ago my father struggled to get this plant to grow on our property at the 2500 foot elevation on Maui, HI. He finally gave up, tossed it on a vegetative trash heap, and it took off. I have spent 25 years trying to eradicate this plant from the property. Though beautiful, it is highly invasive. It grows in partial shade and poor soil with little water. It will climb and smother trees. It has spread through 3-foot high grass. Poisoning and cutting have not stopped it. I've never seen seeds on it; it will root anywhere a branch touches the ground and I suspect it spreads by underground roots.

Negative nonillion On Aug 20, 2006, nonillion from West Brookfield, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought this in Fredericksburg, Texas, as a "Lavender Trumpet Vine" two years ago, assuming it was just a lavender version of our prolific orange trumpet vine (campsis radicans).

I've been upset because I couldn't get it to bloom until August. What a relief to learn this is sold here as "DESERT Trumpet Vine" and isn't supposed to bloom until fall. Whew!

Am disappointed, however, to have given it such a prominent place in my garden, as it takes up a lot of space for something that dies to the ground in winter and doesn't bloom through the summer. I think there are better plants for our area.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Oct 14, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Borderline Zone 8b/9a - This vine blooms for me here in September and its flowering lasts until the frost (usually in December). It has completely covered a fence about 4 ft high x 20 ft long in about 2 years growth. I have it interplanted with Thunbergia grandiflora (Bengal Clock Vine/Blue Sky Vine) which blooms at the same time of year. I don't know of anyone else in my area that is growing the Podranea ricasoliana and I don't remember from what nursery I happened to buy it, but I'm glad I did! This afternoon, I found several rooted portions of the vine where the vine had come into contact with the soil. They seem to have potted up with little stress, so I'm looking forward to having more of the vine and sharing it with others.


Positive seedpicker_TX On Dec 5, 2004, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

LOVE this vine, and LOVE the fragrance!
It is one of my favorites!
This vine dies back to the ground here in zone eight, but returns happily each Spring.
Bloom fragrance reminds me of juicyfruit gum...yummy!

Positive chamuca On Dec 16, 2003, chamuca from San Fco del Rincon
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows very profusly in the middle of Mexico - flowers just about all year, losing some leaves in Dec & Jan. Used here to cover wire fencing - creating a solid barrier that is used to protect property from excessive dust on unpaved roads. Planting - every 3 feet. Seeds, long thin pods with very small feathered seeds - hundreds per pod. Needs lots of pruning to keep controled.
Sheila in Mexico

Positive erbsara On Oct 13, 2003, erbsara from Bradenton, FL wrote:

In Flordia it seems to do will with pruning in late Aug.or eary Sept.. I am very glad to have found out what it is called. Thank you.

Neutral mudpuppie On Oct 13, 2002, mudpuppie from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as Port St. John's Creeper or Port St. John's-klimop. Can be contained in large planter and trained on a wall or pruned to form a shrub. Prune back hard every year to keep it shrub sized. Pruning improves flowering. Best pruning time is in winter or early spring before new growth starts.


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

Cave Creek, Arizona
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
Lompoc, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Bradenton, Florida
Cocoa, Florida
Crestview, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Hollywood, Florida
Holmes Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Naples, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida (2 reports)
Tavernier, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Makawao, Hawaii
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Conway, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Dallas, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Georgetown, Texas (2 reports)
Hallettsville, Texas
Helotes, Texas
Navasota, Texas
Palacios, Texas
Plano, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Santa Fe, Texas
Wimberley, Texas

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