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PlantFiles: Creeping Gloxinia, Mexican Twist
Lophospermum erubescens

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Lophospermum (lo-fo-sper-mum) (Info)
Species: erubescens (er-yoo-BESS-kens) (Info)

Synonym:Asarina erubescens
Synonym:Maurandya erubescens

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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 softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive luv2dig2 On Jun 12, 2009, luv2dig2 from Wayne, PA wrote:

For the last 3 years it's been a thrill for me to grow this lovely annual vine with it's large, wine red blossoms on a trellis in full shade!

Positive agastachegrl On Jun 30, 2008, agastachegrl from Eden Prairie, MN wrote:

First time I've tried this and it is such a beautiful vine! The hummingbirds love this one and it seems to grow very quickly with a TON of flowers in partial shade here in MN. I have the deep wine red variety and another light pink, the blossoms are absolutely gorgeous, flowers remind me of trumpet creeper blossoms. Flowers are also gigantic, prolific and it looks just lovely on my black metal arch. Climbs by hooking it's pale green, feathery leaves onto its support. Try it, you'll be happy you did :)

Positive lisamr On Oct 17, 2005, lisamr from Roseville, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I really like the Asarina's. I have the 'Creeping Gloxinia' growing in a hanging basket in full sun and it seems to be very happy. I was glad to see a hummingbird examine the plant. I really don't have that much experience with this particular plant but from what I can tell it's a keeper!


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

Fremont, California
Richmond, California
Brunswick, Georgia
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Saint Louis, Missouri
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas

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