Podranea Species, Pink Trumpet Vine, Port St. Johns Creeper, Queen of Sheba, Zimbabwe Creeper

Podranea ricasoliana

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Podranea (pod-RAY-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: ricasoliana (rik-uh-sol-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Pandorea ricasoliana
Synonym:Tecoma ricasoliana
Synonym:Tecomaria ricasoliana


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


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

Cave Creek, Arizona

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Lompoc, California

Quartz Hill, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Stockton, California

Tujunga, California

Bradenton, Florida

Cocoa, Florida

Crestview, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Hollywood, Florida

Holmes Beach, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Naples, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida (2 reports)

Tavernier, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Makawao, Hawaii

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada

Conway, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Dallas, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Georgetown, Texas (2 reports)

Hallettsville, Texas

Helotes, Texas

Navasota, Texas

Palacios, Texas

Plano, Texas

Port Lavaca, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Wimberley, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 24, 2016, soyojoverde from Tujunga,
United States wrote:

I planted this vine 25 years ago in my garden, currently it is a hedge that separates my home from my neighbors and also planted as a shrub in three distinct locations in my garden. In the spring through the fall it is a wall of the most beautiful flowers providing food for honey and bumble bees in my yard. The plants are also very generous with flowers for the insects and hummingbirds. A Tabebuia Tree in my garden flowers twice a year and its blooms are almost identical to the St. John's Creeper!

I am in Zone 19; even though the afternoon sun blasts the plants in the summer, they manage to survive quite well. Sadly I am moving to a new region but I am propagating these now to take them with me....


On Sep 4, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is a large, fast-growing woody climber that can reach 50' tall if planted in the ground in a frost-free climate. It performs much better with its roots in the ground than it will in pots. Climbs without tendrils. Stems will self-layer where they touch the ground.

This plant is xeric. It needs regular deep watering till well established, but then it tolerates drought. Taprooted. Suitable for xeriscaping. It's adapted to dry winters and wet summers. Don't over-water in winter. Tolerates hard pruning in late winter/early spring.

Seeds are of low fertility. This species has naturalized in various tropical and semitropical places, probably through the rooting of discarded prunings, and is considered a weed in Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.
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On Aug 29, 2015, LoisRuth from Gainesville, FL wrote:

This site tells me that the plant I was inquiring about (Zimbabwe creeper) needs to be pruned extensively. I will try that and hope for blooms. If it doesn't bloom within the next year, I will get rid of it.


On Oct 23, 2012, dandjfl from Port Saint John, FL wrote:

I live in Port St. John Florida, love my Port St. John plant. It loves to be trimmed and blossoms alot more when pruned.


On Sep 30, 2010, Alileo from Manila,
Philippines wrote:

I had this plant in a clay planter 2ft in diam. for a decade in Manila. It grew up leaning on a 10-ft. wall and gave fragrant flowers profusely every summer. I had never seen any seed on it in the city. Two years ago I planted another specimen directly in the ground in Tagaytay, a slightly cool place 75km south of Metro Manila; it grew well there too, blooming profusely and producing a few seed pods. The seeds are contained in seed pods of varying lengths--from 1/2 ft. to 1-1/2 ft in length, looking like a string bean pod but a bit flattened and pointed at the end. Perhaps it's the warm climate, but the plant does not become invasive in the Philippines, so I don't regard it as a weed at all. Perfect against a perimeter wall where it can climb up and overflow at the top.


On Aug 16, 2010, Gardenist from Galveston, TX wrote:

This vine appeared in the second summer after hurricane Ike, as did a lot of other weird plants. I believed it to be a weed until I saw it at the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, TX. It has been in bloom since May and is profuse with flowers. True, nothng kills it, as I tried believing it was a weed. Will try to keep it controlled as it is invading the one tree remaining on the back property. This could be a full time job!


On Nov 21, 2009, olindagirl from Fullerton, CA wrote:

Some 35 years ago my father struggled to get this plant to grow on our property at the 2500 foot elevation on Maui, HI. He finally gave up, tossed it on a vegetative trash heap, and it took off. I have spent 25 years trying to eradicate this plant from the property. Though beautiful, it is highly invasive. It grows in partial shade and poor soil with little water. It will climb and smother trees. It has spread through 3-foot high grass. Poisoning and cutting have not stopped it. I've never seen seeds on it; it will root anywhere a branch touches the ground and I suspect it spreads by underground roots.


On Aug 20, 2006, nonillion from West Brookfield, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought this in Fredericksburg, Texas, as a "Lavender Trumpet Vine" two years ago, assuming it was just a lavender version of our prolific orange trumpet vine (campsis radicans).

I've been upset because I couldn't get it to bloom until August. What a relief to learn this is sold here as "DESERT Trumpet Vine" and isn't supposed to bloom until fall. Whew!

Am disappointed, however, to have given it such a prominent place in my garden, as it takes up a lot of space for something that dies to the ground in winter and doesn't bloom through the summer. I think there are better plants for our area.


On Oct 14, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Borderline Zone 8b/9a - This vine blooms for me here in September and its flowering lasts until the frost (usually in December). It has completely covered a fence about 4 ft high x 20 ft long in about 2 years growth. I have it interplanted with Thunbergia grandiflora (Bengal Clock Vine/Blue Sky Vine) which blooms at the same time of year. I don't know of anyone else in my area that is growing the Podranea ricasoliana and I don't remember from what nursery I happened to buy it, but I'm glad I did! This afternoon, I found several rooted portions of the vine where the vine had come into contact with the soil. They seem to have potted up with little stress, so I'm looking forward to having more of the vine and sharing it with others.



On Dec 5, 2004, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

LOVE this vine, and LOVE the fragrance!
It is one of my favorites!
This vine dies back to the ground here in zone eight, but returns happily each Spring.
Bloom fragrance reminds me of juicyfruit gum...yummy!


On Dec 16, 2003, chamuca from San Fco del Rincon,
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows very profusly in the middle of Mexico - flowers just about all year, losing some leaves in Dec & Jan. Used here to cover wire fencing - creating a solid barrier that is used to protect property from excessive dust on unpaved roads. Planting - every 3 feet. Seeds, long thin pods with very small feathered seeds - hundreds per pod. Needs lots of pruning to keep controled.
Sheila in Mexico


On Oct 13, 2003, erbsara from Bradenton, FL wrote:

In Flordia it seems to do will with pruning in late Aug.or eary Sept.. I am very glad to have found out what it is called. Thank you.


On Oct 13, 2002, mudpuppie from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as Port St. John's Creeper or Port St. John's-klimop. Can be contained in large planter and trained on a wall or pruned to form a shrub. Prune back hard every year to keep it shrub sized. Pruning improves flowering. Best pruning time is in winter or early spring before new growth starts.