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Mascagnia lilacina

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Mascagnia (mas-KAYN-ee-a) (Info)
Species: lilacina (ly-las-SY-nuh) (Info)

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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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:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Agaveguy On May 19, 2009, Agaveguy from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Beautiful but a bit aggressive. Runs along the ground and through shrubs, rooting along the way. Has caused a severe rash with some people.

Positive QueenB On Jul 28, 2005, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought mine in a 3 gal. pot, so it was already fairly large and established. I put it in the ground right after I bought it in March, mulched it, and have kept it well-watered. I've only fertilized it once. To date, it has grown over the top of my arbor and is doubling back on itself, and still growing. I was very surprised when it decided to bloom! The flowers are beautiful, delicate, and fragile. I love this vine!

Positive seedpicker_TX On Oct 11, 2004, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Decorative perennial vine with even more decorative seed pods. The pods look like butterflies in flight.
Mine blooms in the Fall, and reminds me a great deal of a lavender crepe myrtle bloom. Its leaves are even similar to crepe myrtle leaves...
Sort of a novelty vine, and not at all common. These can be hard to find. This vine is slow growing and non-aggressive.


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

, (2 reports)
Fullerton, California
Austin, Texas
Floresville, Texas
Garland, Texas
Humble, Texas
Plano, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
Spring, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Temple, Texas

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