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PlantFiles: Butterfly Vine
Peixotoa hispidula

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Peixotoa (pay-shoh-TOH-uh) (Info)
Species: hispidula (hiss-PID-yoo-luh) (Info)

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Vines and Climbers

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hrsy581 On May 28, 2004, hrsy581 from Houston, TX wrote:

I received the seeds from a gardening friend this year, planted them in early March and now the vine is completely covered in blooms. Its healthy, has grown very fast and is a joy to see in my garden.

Can recommend this one to anyone who gardens in zone 9, Gulf Coast area.

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 1, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a very common climber throughout eastern South America, specially in hot and sunny places. It can grow a lot, but hardly does any harm to the supportive plant. Itīs an interesting plant, since it doesnīt demand much care, and has beautiful flowers

It has large, dark, hairy leaves. When young, the stem is covered with thsese hairs too, colouring it with bronze. The flowers are bright yellow, relatively large (3-5cm round), and has oil glands on the sepals that atract bees. The fruits are winged and purple when mature.

It needs full sun, white and salty sand, regular watering, and high temperatures. The soil requirement may vary, since this plant can be found living in many kinds of soils.


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

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

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