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Asarina scandens

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Asarina (ass-ar-ee-na) (Info)
Species: scandens (SKAN-dens) (Info)

Synonym:Maurandya scandens
Synonym:Lophospermum scandens

21 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive annlof On Jan 17, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

Although this plant is advertised as an annual in the seed catalogs, it's actually a tender perennial vine in Southern California. Mine is still lush and green and flowering in mid-January. After ten months, four plants have completely covered a trellis about 4'x6'. This plant seems to grow well in both sun and open shade. Seeds are easy to start but tangle quickly in paks. Maybe this is why I never see it for sale at the nursery.

Positive marasri On Dec 7, 2008, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I grew it in barely improved alkaline limestone soil and caliche combination, with minmal irregular watering during a drought with 45 days above 100 degrees and no rain, partial sunshine with some western exposure. TOUGH plant. grew to 8" and bloomed all summer in waves.

Positive moonlightgarden On Aug 6, 2007, moonlightgarden from Pacifica, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This vine is a showpiece of my coastal garden. It completely blanketed a 12 foot wide trellis the first year and flowers constantly. In my garden it receives a variety of different sunlight exposures, from full sun to dappled light to partial shade, and seems fine with all of these. In the winter, it drops a few of its leaves but is still pretty lush, and there are even some flowers here and there. I just love this vine and look forward to planting some of the other colors!

Positive vsf On Mar 20, 2007, vsf from Oakland, CA wrote:

Thought this was an annual, but it's going strong after three years in Oakland, California. Can't decide whether to cut it back or not, but it's a treasure in my blue-and-gold garden.

Positive Dacooolest On Jun 11, 2005, Dacooolest from Brandon, MB (Zone 2b) wrote:

A very attractive plant. I have had no flowers yet but the plant is still quite small.

Neutral Brocky On Sep 20, 2003, Brocky wrote:

We have been growing this plant in a pot for years up in Seattle. We don't take it in in the winter and it survives just fine. I think I'll move it to a warmer wall and see how it does next year. Right now it's only a 1.5 ft tall and blooms only sproadically.

Positive ohmysweetpjs On Oct 25, 2002, ohmysweetpjs from Brookeville, MD wrote:

Very very pretty little jewels of flowers. I love it. Very hardy too, makes a good houseplant. I nearly killed it but it sprung back up.


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

Long Beach, California
Pacifica, California
San Francisco, California
Bradley, Florida
Deland, Florida
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Lees Summit, Missouri
Averill Park, New York
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Center, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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