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Stigmaphyllon bonariense

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Stigmaphyllon (stig-muh-FIL-on) (Info)
Species: bonariense (bon-ar-ee-EN-see) (Info)

Synonym:Stigmaphyllon littorale
Synonym:Stigmaphyllon littorale var. trilobum

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pbk On Aug 7, 2012, pbk from Charleston, SC wrote:

I've kept two for years in pots on my patio. They bloom spring until fall and love the hot sun,

Positive Beekeepthyme On Aug 6, 2012, Beekeepthyme from Georgetown, FL wrote:

A pretty vine that does not take over, or get too agressive. The leaves are attractive and flowers lovely and delicate. Seems fairly cold hardy, too. The butterfly seed pods are the "plus".

Positive Sylvanmaid On Nov 20, 2011, Sylvanmaid from New Ulm, TX wrote:

I've grown these vines for years & find them to be relatively easy keepers. The butterfly-like bracts will snap-off easily & keep forever. I like to sprinkle them around as decorations on tabletop settings & the like.

Neutral Monocromatico On Jul 21, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This plant is native from brazilian coastal areas. Not so common as other plants of the Malpighiaceae family in its natural habitat, but one of the most beautiful ones.


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

Santa Barbara, California
Bartow, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Georgetown, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Many, Louisiana
Charleston, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Blanket, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Denton, Texas
El Campo, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
New Ulm, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Uvalde, Texas
Waco, Texas

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