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PlantFiles: Crossvine, Cross-Vine, Trumpet Flower
Bignonia capreolata 'Dragon Lady'

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bignonia (big-NO-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: capreolata (kap-ree-oh-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dragon Lady

Synonym:Doxantha capreolata
Synonym:Anisostichus capreolata
Synonym:Anisostichus crucigera

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Happenstance On Sep 18, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

The common name refers to the fact that a cut stem often shows a dark cross-like center. Bignonia honors Jean Paul Bignon, librarian to King Louis XV of France; capreolata refers to the winding tendrils.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) awards woody plants that are outstanding in USDA Zones 5-7 with its gold medal. The 2003 award winners included this cultivar of a native plant:

Cross vine, Bignonia capreolata Dragon Lady, has red-orange trumpet flowers that attract hummers and butterflies on an evergreen 30 plant that is hardy in part to full sun.


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

Austin, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Citrus Heights, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Garden Grove, California
Stockton, California
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Townsend, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bishopville, Maryland
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Portland, Oregon
Fort Worth, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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