Hardiness: 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: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Red-Orange
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter Mid Winter
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping May be a noxious weed or invasive
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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From semi-hardwood cuttings Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost By simple layering By air layering By tip layering
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Jan 26, 2013, TLeaves from Ramona, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This plant is great in the right situations. Drought tolerant. Lush green all year with beautiful blooms for several months. Easy to propagate. Dies back a little in temps below 25. It can be easily contained if you do so early on.
I used this as a very effective screen from the neighbor. It was in a bed about 2.5' x 15' with a block wall on one side and sidewalk on the other. Trimmed it back & shaped about twice a year. Roots did not invade sidewalk or go into neighbor's yard. This is one way to keep it contained.
Rooted a small cutting on a southwestern hot dry slope and it survived successfully with very little water for 3-4 years, then irrigation was added. It grew to about 15' tall and 3-4' wide in 6-7 years. Space / containment was not an issue in that situation. In the proper place, this can be a great plant.
On Aug 13, 2012, Bakersfield from Bakersfield, CA wrote:
This versative, flowering plant grows as a lush 18" groundcover in the south-west side of my property (blistering-hot desert sun) and it grows as 7' tall hedge in the well-shaded north side. Despite it's dainty looks, the Cape Honeysuckle thrives here in the central California valley area (zones 8-9), despite some light die-back during particularly cold weather. Best of all, it's been totally pest-free. In fact, the bright orange blooms, which give you a non-stop show for months on end, hold no attraction whatsoever to my neighbors' voracious snails.
On Jun 11, 2012, luvsandeigo from LA JOLLA, CA wrote:
I hate this plant and would do ANYTHING to avoid it. It is invasive, aggressive and almost impossible to kill. Spreading 15' or more into the surrounding territory. It's a nightmare. It's NOT the plant you want to use unless you have a lot of time to dig and cut to control it. TOO much work. I put this plant next to Bamboo and Horsetails .... a nightmare.
Love love love this plant in clearwater fl. True, it is a little wild and will require pruning and watching. But if you're going for the tropical look, all your plants are pretty much like that. Made it through our Feb frosts fine. OK with minimal water, takes punishing sun. Nice in those parts of my yard that don't get much love and are away from the house. I think it should probably be the main specimen in a planting, not a supporting cast member.
On Jan 22, 2011, dvangogh from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
We purchased a house with Tecomaria capensis lining a fence bordering our property in 2010. It makes a great privacy screen, though during the winter most of the plants (we have about 12 individual speciments) lost their leaves, leaving our house visible to the street (which wasn't so bad). Some of the plants kept their leaves - I'm not sure if it was because of the lack of water (I watered all of the plants very infrequently over the summer) or the cold (it never got below 35F). I suspect it was the watering, since several other plants in the area have kept their leaves, and the ones on our property that kept our leaves were near a patio covered in flagstone.
One negative is that it can be invasive, but so far it hasn't been a problem.
The flowers are beautiful and attract hummingbirds. I love this plant.
We are lining our property on 2 sides with this plant as they grow to about 12 feet high. They are very hearty in the heat, but occasionly freeze back a little with a heavy frost.
It is easy to start new plants. We haven't had any trouble controling them as others seem to have had.
I now have two of these and both in pots (big ones!), with trellis to train them to. Although I may shape them into small trees. It gets up to 110 here and they have done well, the first one did well during our mild winter frost. They are a lovely addition to my collection of hummingbirds plants....they both have excellent drainage, but I have them on large saucers with lots of rounded stones to keep it from sitting in water. I have over 150 potted plants of all varieties, most can handle being in one spot. I do have to switch several to better spots according to the season. The Cape Honeysuckles remain in their spots and doing fine. This is how I deal with plants that tend to be invasive. In time I will redress them with fresh soil and trim their roots. So you may consider doing the same....they are worth the flowers and "hummers" love them.
On Oct 17, 2008, plantladylin from Daytona Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Lovely blooms but this plant is very invasive! We spent weeks trying to eradicate it from our backyard. It was climbing high into the trees and traveling along the ground and taking over everything in sight! We thought we got it all but it is back and growing everywhere once again.
Great plant for winter color here in Nevada. It starts to bloom right now in early September and continues through March. It may freeze back in winter. I have about 10 of these planted, and last winter some died back and some didn't. With an eastern exposure catching the early morning sun, they will survive the cold better, also helps if they are planted close to the house. With the eastern exposure they will also avoid the hot pm sun in summer which can burn the leaves here.
On Nov 13, 2007, aquaticnut from Henderson, NV wrote:
This is a beautiful plant and grows extremely well, however the roots are extremely invasive. Give it lots of room and don't allow any valuable deep rooting plants or trees near it. I had to remove one that was planted approximately five feet from a young but tall Ash tree because it was choking it out.
I live in Henderson, NV, and this shrub, if left unchecked, will grow 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide... however mine was not that big. I pruned it on a regular basis, and kept it at a stable 3 feet. The roots, however, were uncontrollable.
On Oct 15, 2007, SoCal78 from San Diego, CA wrote:
One beautiful plant that help creates an exotic landscape, when mixed with various drought tolerant species. A good portion of San Diego is decorated with these. Grows extremely fast and needs pruning to gain spread control. Will spread like wild fire If not.
On Jul 20, 2007, griffhoel from Gibsonton, FL wrote:
You will need an entire yard for this plant in Gibsonton, FL!
I let it just grow for about a year without pruning and it had claimed it's own large area of the backyard. It sends out runners underground that will pop up with more sections of the plant far away from the main plant. The flowers are beautiful though and they were attracting alot of different butterflies. I painstakingly removed mine and hope I got it all.
In my opinion, it would require too much management to keep under control in my area.
On Jun 26, 2007, Ellens_Garden from Aptos, CA wrote:
This dark green with bright orange flowers looks terrific around the koi fish pond. We enclosed 10 of the 1 gallon plants within a root barrier because of the invasive root system and am glad we did so. After fertilizing with fish emulsion to encourage growth, they took off! Alternating the Cape Honeysuckle with the 10 Mexican Marigolds creates a colorful and cheerful area.
On Mar 28, 2006, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant roots freely at any point where the cascading limbs touch the soil, but I would not call it "invasive." The new plants can be easily dug up and transplanted (or traded in plant swaps!)
It is a mistake, I think, to believe that this plant (Tecomaria sp.) is truly a honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.). It has the common name of Cape Honeysuckle only because the flowers somewhat resemble a honeysuckle blossom, but the Cape Honesuckle is more of a hard stemmed, non-twining shrub. It can be pruned to a tree-like shape as it matures.
In my Zone 8b/9a garden, it has survived winter temperatures as low as 28 F on a few nights with no freeze damage. It begins blooming around November and continues flowering through about March. I have it interplanted with Winter Cassia (Senna bicapsularis) because the Winter Cassia blooms about the same time as the Cape Honeysuckle and I enjoy the interplay of cadmium orange flowers of the Cape Honeysuckle with the cadmium yellow of the Cassia.
On Sep 7, 2004, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Although the foliage is very beautiful and useful in flower arrangements, note that the flowers themselves do not seem to do well in floral arrangements. Once cut, the flowers fall off the spikes very quickly (within a few days). This is a very aggressive, fast growing plant in warmer areas.
On May 22, 2004, nanette0269 from Bradenton, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I've just planted two 3-gallon plants in two different locations...one in full sun against a wood fence, and the other in part sun against the same wood fence, but surrounding by more foliage (full sun for 11a-2pm only). The one in full sun is doing significantly better. Its already grown about 8-10" tall and about the same wide, while the other has grown 2". I'm still optimistic for the second one, as its planted near some other bushes that were recently transplanted and havent been doing too well so maybe there is just more transplant shock as a result of this area's dirt (there was more milorganite in the soil there as well, so maybe it was over fertilized?)...so maybe its just the soil, but at least its holding its own. Maybe by fall, I'll have a picture of them both up on the site!
Also, about 1 month after planting, seed pods were evident, which I collected. I was able to germinate half of them quite successfully.
This plant is a lovely addition to a hedge line between neighbors on Longboat Key, Florida. It does get a bit woody as it ages, and needs to be pruned semi-annually so that it does not overtake the area.
Beautiful blooms arrive in summer and continue throughout the fall. It makes a lovely carpet as the blooms fall to the ground.
On Aug 29, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This honeysuckle is an evergreen and grows moderately fast. It prefers well-drained soil. Prune after flowering is done.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Grenoble, Pirkkala, Buckeye, Arizona Drexel-alvernon, Arizona Glendale, Arizona Goodyear, Arizona Lake Havasu City, Arizona Maricopa, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports) Queen Creek, Arizona Surprise, Arizona , California Bakersfield, California Bloomington, California Borrego Springs, California Boulder Creek, California Carlsbad, California Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California Chowchilla, California Citrus Heights, California Clayton, California Fairfield, California Irvine, California La Presa, California Las Flores, California Long Beach, California Los Angeles, California (3 reports) Manteca, California Menifee, California Norwalk, California Oakland, California Oceanside, California Ontario, California Pasadena, California Perris, California (2 reports) Ramona, California Rancho Mirage, California (2 reports) Redwood City, California Rosedale, California Roseville, California San Diego, California (4 reports) Stockton, California Vacaville, California Wildomar, California Bartow, Florida (2 reports) Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Boyette, Florida Brooker, Florida Casselberry, Florida Cooper City, Florida Cypress Lake, Florida Deltona, Florida Ferry Pass, Florida (2 reports) Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fountain, Florida Gibsonton, Florida Inverness, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Keystone Heights, Florida Lakeland, Florida Lynn Haven, Florida Macgregor, Florida Macintosh, Florida Miami, Florida North De Land, Florida (2 reports) Oldsmar, Florida (2 reports) Opa Locka, Florida Palm Beach Shores, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Palm Harbor, Florida Palm Shores, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Ridgecrest, Florida Safety Harbor, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida South Daytona, Florida South Venice, Florida Spring Hill, Florida (2 reports) Tallahassee, Florida Titusville, Florida Trenton, Florida Wauchula, Florida West Bradenton, Florida Zephyrhills, Florida Hawi, Hawaii Zachary, Louisiana Henderson, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada (3 reports) Laughlin, Nevada Abilene, Texas Alice, Texas Alvin, Texas (2 reports) Anahuac, Texas Austin, Texas Baytown, Texas Beaumont, Texas Broaddus, Texas Brownsville, Texas Crp Christi, Texas Eagle Lake, Texas Falcon Lake Estates, Texas Georgetown, Texas Hallettsville, Texas Humble, Texas Katy, Texas (3 reports) La Vernia, Texas Lampasas, Texas Mont Belvieu, Texas Pinewood Estates, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Santa Fe, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia