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PlantFiles: Flame Vine, Golden Shower, Orange Trumpet Creeper
Pyrostegia venusta

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Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pyrostegia (py-roh-STEEJ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: venusta (ven-NUSS-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Bignonia venusta
Synonym:Pyrostegia ignea

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

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:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive HolyChickin On May 7, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

When I was a kid we had this growing on our fence. When it bloomed, the fence along our entire property was ORANGE! So many people would stop and knock on our door and ask for cuttings. We would always tell them to go ahead! Take all you want!!

It was very low maintenance. The only problem we ever had with it was our dog used to use it as a "ladder" to get over the fence. It also got so heavy that the fence would cave under it weight... so we would have to cut it back. It didn't spread like crazy all over the neighborhood or totally take over like some other vines but, it did attract humming birds, bumble bees, butterflies, etc.

I don't see it very often but, when I see those pretty orange flowers it always makes me smile... because I instantly have some fond childhood memories. :-)

Positive patray On Apr 11, 2008, patray from paphos
Cyprus wrote:

I thought you would like to know that this plant grows well in Cyprus although maybe not quite as fast as I have not found it invasive at all. The winter temperatures can go down to 2-3 deg. centigrade at night but more usually 9 deg. (Jan to March) Day time temperatures average about 15 deg. I mention this because I have seen a hardiness map which says the plant likes temps. above 20 deg. cent. I have it as an arch over the gate and it has been in full bloom since November and is just dying now. It's a beautiful sight and attracts many comments. I first saw it growing on the wild on the roadsides in Mauritius and searched for on to grow in Cyprus as I did not think it would like my other garden in London!

Negative SierraTigerLily On Jun 2, 2006, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Wow, what a mistake I made. I bought this vine from a local nursery, because I thought it would be easy to train without its becoming invaisive. I was even proud of myself because I thought I'd found something that would give me trumpet vine colors without the invasive qualities. Not only is this vine not native to my region, its already causing problems here. Today I plan to rip it out and "round-up" the roots. Before I looked up the vine's invasive qualities, my only negative was that the blossoms rot on the vine rather than falling to the ground, so I had to pluck spent blossoms often to keep the vine attractive. Now I know better. Where I live, I see a lot of vines that quickly grow out of control, so I appreciate any feedback about colorful less aggressive vines.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Mar 1, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant does well in zone 9a. It will burn back in our occasional freeze, but will come right back out and bloom the next year. It will climb to the top and bloom of whatever it's using for support, even a 60 ft. oak tree.

Positive bbooth On Jan 30, 2004, bbooth from Edgewater, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

My wife and I enjoy this plant very much. In fact we built an arbor over our patio so that it can grow up and create a natural sun shade.
I saw one note that mentioned it is very attractive to bees, and such, however, we have never seen any insects or birds feeding at the blooms.

Positive Monocromatico On Jun 3, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

It´s a fast growing climber that requires full sun. It may grow covering the ground, so it will need a support. Keep it away from your shrubs and small trees, because it grows faster and may cover the leaves, blocking the sun and sometimes killing the supporting plant. However, it has wonderful flowers, and blooms vigorously. It grows spontaneously on open fields in the brazilian south-southeast regions.

One side note: there´s a parasite weed of the genus Psittacanthus that has flowers that look like Pyrostegia´s... if you see orange tubular flowers coming from your tree, see if you can find the climbing stem coming from the ground. The parasite doesn´t have this kind of stem. Plus, check if the flower is a closed tube and not just long separate erect petals. The second one is the parasite.

Regional...

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

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Tempe, Arizona
Encinitas, California
Santa Barbara, California
Vista, California
Auburndale, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Edgewater, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Hudson, Florida
Opa Locka, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Tampa, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Kihei, Hawaii
Naperville, Illinois
Covington, Louisiana



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