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Dalechampia dioscoreifolia

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dalechampia (dal-ay-SHOM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: dioscoreifolia (di-oh-SKOR-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

21 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lesliev On Apr 15, 2014, lesliev from San Diego, CA wrote:

This is a beautiful plant but can get kind of out of control. I'm also highly allergic to the vine, within seconds of touching it I'll have hives. I'm not usually allergic to plants so keep that in mind if you're thinking about planting this vine.

Positive TexasPuddyPrint On Mar 31, 2013, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

I purchased a couple of these two years ago. The one receiving more sun is doing quite well. It blooms several times a year but this is the first year it has seeds! I havent tried to plant any yet though.

Am growing this vine as it is supposed to be the larval host for butterflies of the Cracker family. We get the Gray and Guatemalan species here.

Positive hoosierquilt On Jul 19, 2011, hoosierquilt from Vista, CA wrote:

Very interesting vine. The purple "flowers" are actually specialized bracts. This vine will do much better with adequate water. Is not drought tolerant. Will look much more robust with ample water, and will bloom more prolifically and blooms will be more intensely colored with lots of water. Likes a combo of sun and shade. My vine is deciduous if the temps really drop, dropping its leaves in the winter. Has recovered from temps in the high 20's. Is in the Euphorbiaceae family, so the sap may irritate the skin, and all parts of this plant are poisonous.

Positive luciemom On Oct 3, 2010, luciemom from Chino Hills, CA wrote:

We just brought this home today from Lowe's and I was holding onto it to keep it from falling over, and by the time we got home, my arm was itchy and sore. Anyone else have an allergic reaction to it? I love it and don't care, but was pretty surprised!

Positive katiegeorge7 On May 29, 2010, katiegeorge7 from Rancho Cordova, CA wrote:

I just bought 2 of these vines at Lowe's, 95670. They were in 3 gallon containers with a little trellis. I came here to find out more about them.

Positive pforrester On Jun 28, 2006, pforrester from Fallbrook, CA wrote:

I saw this plant growing at my neighbor's house and took cuttings from it. It is beautiful and the tiny flower is very complex and unusual. It looks like there are three little red hearts a brown round part topped by a circle looking a bit like an eye and then several yellow projections I can't remember their shape, probably stamens. The purple bracts are showy but the flower needs to be seen up close to appreciate it.

Neutral smiln32 On May 19, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The flowers are not nearly as showy as the two surrounding fuchsia-purple bracts that measure 2-3 inches wide and long with serrated margins and prominent veins. These "flowers", looking like purple butterflies appear nearly year round with peak bloom from summer through fall. Plant in full sun to medium shade and water moderately. Blooms less and is less vigorous when kept dry.

Neutral MotherNature4 On May 13, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a new plant to us with a most unusual flower. It is one of the few things that will bloom in the shade.

Edit: After growing it for a while, it will flower much better with moderate sunshine. It is not a lover of full shade. Needs irrigation, too.

Neutral Terry1972 On Aug 11, 2003, Terry1972 wrote:

I have been looking for the name of this vine since I have found it growing in Los Angeles at the Getty Musuem.


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

Canoga Park, California
Chino Hills, California
Encinitas, California
Fallbrook, California (2 reports)
Huntington Beach, California
Laguna Beach, California
Long Beach, California
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
San Diego, California
Vista, California
Bartow, Florida
Deland, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
North Port, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
Hominy, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Edinburg, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas
San Felipe, Texas

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