Pyrostegia Species, Flame Vine, Golden Shower, Orange Trumpet Creeper

Pyrostegia venusta

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pyrostegia (py-roh-STEEJ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: venusta (ven-NUSS-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Bignonia venusta


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona

Encinitas, California

Santa Barbara, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Auburndale, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Edgewater, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Hudson, Florida

Opa Locka, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida(2 reports)

Tampa, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Kihei, Hawaii

Naperville, Illinois

Covington, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 19, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Spectacular floral display lasting for months---this is one of the showiest of flowering climbers.

This is a big, heavy, fast-growing vine, but in Florida it has never been observed to set seed. It can climb and smother tall trees, and its weight can damage structures it climbs on, but its increase is vegetative only. If allowed to lie on the ground, the stems can root at the nodes. In Florida, this is not a serious threat to natural areas, and here it is not invasive in the way ecologists use the term. According to the USDA, it is not a noxious weed in any US state.

This plant climbs by tendrils, not by twining. Unmanaged plants tend to bloom only at the top, but you can have flowers up and down the whole height of the plant by regularly cutting back a fracti... read more


On May 7, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

When I was a kid we had this growing on our fence. When it bloomed, the fence along our entire property was ORANGE! So many people would stop and knock on our door and ask for cuttings. We would always tell them to go ahead! Take all you want!!

It was very low maintenance. The only problem we ever had with it was our dog used to use it as a "ladder" to get over the fence. It also got so heavy that the fence would cave under it weight... so we would have to cut it back. It didn't spread like crazy all over the neighborhood or totally take over like some other vines but, it did attract humming birds, bumble bees, butterflies, etc.

I don't see it very often but, when I see those pretty orange flowers it always makes me smile... because I instantly have some fon... read more


On Apr 11, 2008, patray from paphos,
Cyprus wrote:

I thought you would like to know that this plant grows well in Cyprus although maybe not quite as fast as I have not found it invasive at all. The winter temperatures can go down to 2-3 deg. centigrade at night but more usually 9 deg. (Jan to March) Day time temperatures average about 15 deg. I mention this because I have seen a hardiness map which says the plant likes temps. above 20 deg. cent. I have it as an arch over the gate and it has been in full bloom since November and is just dying now. It's a beautiful sight and attracts many comments. I first saw it growing on the wild on the roadsides in Mauritius and searched for on to grow in Cyprus as I did not think it would like my other garden in London!


On Jun 2, 2006, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Wow, what a mistake I made. I bought this vine from a local nursery, because I thought it would be easy to train without its becoming invaisive. I was even proud of myself because I thought I'd found something that would give me trumpet vine colors without the invasive qualities. Not only is this vine not native to my region, its already causing problems here. Today I plan to rip it out and "round-up" the roots. Before I looked up the vine's invasive qualities, my only negative was that the blossoms rot on the vine rather than falling to the ground, so I had to pluck spent blossoms often to keep the vine attractive. Now I know better. Where I live, I see a lot of vines that quickly grow out of control, so I appreciate any feedback about colorful less aggressive vines.


On Mar 1, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant does well in zone 9a. It will burn back in our occasional freeze, but will come right back out and bloom the next year. It will climb to the top and bloom of whatever it's using for support, even a 60 ft. oak tree.


On Jan 30, 2004, bbooth from Edgewater, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

My wife and I enjoy this plant very much. In fact we built an arbor over our patio so that it can grow up and create a natural sun shade.
I saw one note that mentioned it is very attractive to bees, and such, however, we have never seen any insects or birds feeding at the blooms.


On Jun 3, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

It´s a fast growing climber that requires full sun. It may grow covering the ground, so it will need a support. Keep it away from your shrubs and small trees, because it grows faster and may cover the leaves, blocking the sun and sometimes killing the supporting plant. However, it has wonderful flowers, and blooms vigorously. It grows spontaneously on open fields in the brazilian south-southeast regions.

One side note: there´s a parasite weed of the genus Psittacanthus that has flowers that look like Pyrostegia´s... if you see orange tubular flowers coming from your tree, see if you can find the climbing stem coming from the ground. The parasite doesn´t have this kind of stem. Plus, check if the flower is a closed tube and not just long separate erect petals. The second one... read more