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Orchid Vine, Butterfly Vine, Fairy Vine, Camels Foot
Bauhinia corymbosa

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bauhinia (baw-HIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: corymbosa (kor-rim-BOW-suh) (Info)


Vines and Climbers


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



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:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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


Encinitas, California

Los Angeles, California

Martinez, California

San Diego, California

Torrance, California

Brooksville, Florida

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland

Alice, Texas

Baytown, Texas

Brazoria, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Plano, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 6, 2013, Chief_John from Coldspring, TX wrote:

Grows and blooms well in Coldspring TX. Cold hardy last winter. i have read that the seed pods are edible but have not tried them


On Jul 19, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This vine is so beautiful! The 1st year it was so small I doubted it would survive. This year, 2nd yr, it's big and getting bigger and has flowered all summer even in the worst heat! Seeds have germinated easily for me. I love this vine.


On Jul 20, 2005, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Pretty, dainty foliage and gorgeous frilly flowers. This vine is rated zone 9, but is perfectly root hardy for me here in zone 8.