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Cypress vine is an annual vine with bright red flowers that attract hummingbirds.

  • Family (English) Morning glory
  • Family (botanic) Convolvulaceae
  • Tree or plant type Vine
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Season of interest early summer, midsummer, late summer
  • Flower color and fragrance Red, White
  • Shape or form Vining
  • Growth rate Fast

Size and Method of Climbing:

Cypress vine can grow 10 to 15 feet in a season. It is a twining vine that climbs by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support such as a trellis, arbor, wires, or chain-link fence.

Native geographic location and habitat:

This is native to tropical America.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife:

Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to it.

Bark color and texture:

The bark is medium brown.

Leaf description:

The dark green leaves are deeply and finely cut, giving them a feathery look.

Flower description:

It produces red, tubular flowers.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

The fruit is a dry capsule and is not ornamentally important.

Plant care:

Plant cypress vine in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It is easy to grow from seed although seeds need to be scarified (nicked slightly) and then soaked in warm water overnight. Plant them indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed. 

List of pests, diseases and tolerances:

It doesn’t have any serious diseases or problems.

White cypress vine  (Ipomoea quamoclit ‘Alba’):

This cultivar has white flowers.


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