But, our Wildflower Wednesday star of the month, Crossvine/Bignonia capreolata is not blooming and won't be for several months. It doesn't matter, it still has much to show for itself~ the evergreen leaves take on a reddish, even a deep burgundy hue in cold weather that's quit attractive in a mostly brown winter garden.
|climbing on an old twin headboard in my garden
|the cultivar 'Tangerine beauty' is a beauty!
you can plant it to climb a wall like Cindy Tournier/My Corner of Katy has done at her house.
Right now is a good time for you to spot the reddish leaves and vines. They're native to the Central and Southeastern US, so walkers and hikers be on the lookout and make a note where to find them early next summer!
|Look up to find them
|from Briton and Brown Illustrated flora 2ns edition 1913
Common Name: cross vine
Type: vigorous, woody vine that climbs by branched tendrils with adhesive disks.
Native Range: Central and Southeastern United States
Zone: 5 to 9
Height and Spread: 35.00 to 50.00 feet by 6.00 to 9.00 feet
Bloom Time: April/May to June (depending upon where you garden)
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Flower: Showy, orange red tubular flowers
Ecological and landscape function: Hummingbirds, some bumblebees, evergreen with good winter color, screening
Tolerates: Heavy Shade, will climb up canopy trees and shrubs to reach the sun.
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.