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PlantFiles: Violet Trumpet Vine, Painted Trumpet, Argentine Trumpet Vine
Clytostoma callistegioides

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clytostoma (kly-toh-STOH-muh) (Info)
Species: callistegioides (kal-lis-steg-ee-OY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Bignonia callistegioides
Synonym:Bignonia speciosa
Synonym:Bignonia violacea
Synonym:Clytostoma lindleyana

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Vines and Climbers

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Scarify seed before sowing
By simple layering
By air layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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7 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lily_love On Apr 27, 2009, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'm very pleased to announce that this vine does well in my garden for years, 4 goes on to 5th this spring. The woodsy vines sometimes drop leave in the winter when temp. drops to the teens (farenheit degrees) in occasions. Last winter was one of the worse ones, I was concern of its hardiness. It came through and as a result (chilling period?) it's blooming profusely this spring. I'm delighted.

Positive adirolf On May 22, 2008, adirolf from Milton, FL wrote:

This vine is a very heavy-looking (dense, hard to see through) vine. Perfect, if that's what you are looking for. I'm not sure how long it takes to achieve that look, as mine has been in a pot since I've had it. The original plant was on a chain-link fence and I didn't know how long it had been there.

Positive Opoetree On Jul 14, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

We have had this plant for a number of years now. We had a really hard freeze last year, but this plant was not bothered. Other vines were hit hard and are just now recovering from ground level. It is a lovely plant -- and adds to the tropical effect we are nurturing with queen palms and giant birds of paradise.

Positive kathyinaz On May 1, 2007, kathyinaz from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I planted one of these a year ago here in Phoenix, AZ in full sun. It survived our big freeze which killed off other vines. It is not a rampant grower here. I'm just happy it came back to blossom another year!

Positive eurokitty On Jun 18, 2006, eurokitty from Seattle, WA (Zone 9b) wrote:

We used this to cover an unsightly fence. Grows incredibly fast here in southwest Florida. Does seem more manageable than the red trumpet vines.

Positive laura_l On Jul 13, 2004, laura_l from Tucson, AZ wrote:

Flowers have a hint of sweet scent, and we always get compliments when in full bloom!

Positive ladyannne On Mar 30, 2004, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The seeds are found in a long prickly pod (about 3" by 1") with two plentiful layers of seeds rather space ship shaped. The seeds must be stratified (60 days), soaked (24 hours) and nicked. Germination is lengthy.

I accidentally cut one of the older main root stems which led to most of the plant. I quickly got a vase and placed the stem in the vase at ground level. It is doing well.

After three years, the showing is now breath taking! It has intermingled with passion flowers and the presentation is stunning. I am going to be trimming both back after bloom, to say the least, but it will be worth every garbage can.

The flowers are much deeper purple when they don't receive a full day's sun.

Neutral Roselaine On Apr 21, 2002, Roselaine from North Vancouver, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

this vine is anywhere from 10-16' in height

Neutral weeds On Apr 20, 2002, weeds from Panhandle, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This vine is a member of the Bignonia family and like many of its relatives (i.e. cross vine, campsis, etc.) it is a robust and carefree grower with very distinctive flowers. Painted trumpet is an evergreen woody stemmed vine that clambers over fences and structures using tendrils to grab hold. The bright glossy green leaves are oblong, about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. They are arranged opposite in pairs and tendrils arise at the point where the leaves join the stem. In late spring the vine covers itself in color when the spectacular 3 inch trumpet flowers appear. The trumpets are pale lavender and delicately detailed with dark violet and purple streaks. Flowers are followed by large prickly seed pods.
Violet trumpet vine is native to Argentina and the southern part of Brazil.


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

Vincent, Alabama
Dewey, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Canoga Park, California
Citrus Heights, California
Fresno, California
Hayward, California
Indio, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Merced, California
Moreno Valley, California
Oak View, California
Palm Springs, California
Palo Alto, California
San Clemente, California
San Jose, California
Tulare, California
Visalia, California
Walnut Creek, California (2 reports)
Bartow, Florida
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Holmes Beach, Florida
Lynn Haven, Florida
Milton, Florida
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Oscar, Louisiana
Sulphur, Louisiana
Carriere, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hallettsville, Texas
Humble, Texas
Manvel, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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