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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Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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:

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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


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

Fremont, California

Richmond, California

Brunswick, Georgia

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 30, 2015, Sjulin from Lenexa, KS wrote:

I've had my Lophos for about a year now but am disappointed because the blooming period (I live in northeastern Kansas) tends to run from late September thru January. I wanted it for hummingbirds but it seems to bloom just after they leave the area. I put it in a greenhouse to overwinter it and it did well.


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!


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 :)


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!