Brazilian Golden Vine, Orchid Vine, Butterfly Vine, Amazon Vine, Golden Creeper

Stigmaphyllon ciliatum

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Stigmaphyllon (stig-muh-FIL-on) (Info)
Species: ciliatum (sil-ee-ATE-um) (Info)


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona (2 reports)

Cape Coral, Florida

Deland, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Madison, Mississippi

Baytown, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Belton, Texas

Blanket, Texas

El Campo, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Houston, Texas

Port Bolivar, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2012, jeffmcmillian from Deridder, LA wrote:

It is interesting to note the similarity of this plant to Mascagnia macroptera, both are in the Malphigiaceae and both produce bright yellow orchid-like flowers and have vining habits. While this one does not have the cold hardiness of the Yellow Butterfly Vine, Mascagnia macroptera, but is certainly a beauty in its own right, yet it is limited to mild winter climates. The leaf base of Stigmaphyllon ciliatum is cordate or heart-shaped whereas the leaf base of Mascagnia macroptera is acute. Also the fruit or seed of the two plants differs significantly. The fruit of the Mascagnia macroptera is very similar in form to a butterfly with large wings whereas the fruit of the Stigmaphyllon ciliatum is maple seed-like in shape with only one wing.


On Aug 5, 2012, floridabunnie from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a new vine to my yard this year, and I have been happy with my purchase. It has bloomed regularly and even when the yellow blooms are not apparent, the seed pods add interest. The butterflies seem to like it as well.


On Aug 28, 2009, kelsa from Lakeland, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a lovely vine and grows well with almost no maintenance in Lakeland Florida. ..and is not invasive like the passion vines (although I have lots of them and love them to pieces too... just have to cut them back every few days to keep them from taking over) Lovely clusters of yellow flowers which the butterflies love... the seed pods form very pretty large green clusters and as they dry and turn brown, you can break them apart into "butterflies." It is quite enchanting. Love love love this vine.


On Apr 8, 2007, allgr8dogs from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I received this plant as a rooted cutting. The Butterfly Vine has been more drought tolerant than an adjacent Snail Vine. In addition, during the recent hard frost that wiped out my Snail Vine, the Butterfly Vine continued to grow and flower without any apparent cold stress. Did I mention this plant also tolerates the full sun in Phoenix, Arizona?