Thursday, December 22, 2011

A tropical sunset on a trellis

Hawaiian Sunset Vine (Stictocardia beraviensis)





I love this tropical vine, it grows so fast, I swear I turn around once and it is yet again 4 ft longer. Good thing, since it is frost sensitive. In fall I take a cutting for planting the following spring.






The huge leaves are deep green and heart-shaped, and cover the 10 ft long pergola nicely by beginning of summer.



The beautiful flowers are the colors of a tropical sunset :)
The main flowering time starts the end of November through the winter months, but it will bloom with a few flowers on and off throughout the year.

Hawaiian Bell


Some info: It is a low maintenance plant, but it is thirsty.
Plant it in full sun or part shade.
Even a young, small plant will flower, so if you don't have the space for it in your yard, keep it in a large planter with a trellis.

close up








10 comments:

  1. GT, your garden looks MORE tropical than mine! :D The flowers look terrific & those are really gigantic leaves, I haven't seen this here. Are the flowers scented?

    Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas & Wonderful New Year!

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  2. That's a fantastic vine ~ love the leaves and the beautiful flowers! Your photographs are spectacular on this one!

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  3. tanntoot, no, there is no scent to flowers. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year :-)

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  4. Beth, I grow this vine mainly for its leaves, I just love the tropical look of those huge leaves :)

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  5. OH NO! Now you've shown me another plant I want to add to my yard! Love this one!

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  6. I'll share cuttings, just let me know :-)

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  7. Jede Pflanze ist eine Pracht

    wunderschön Evi

    die Pflanzen mit den grossen Blättern gefallen

    mir besonders gut Gruss Mama

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  8. die grossen Blaetter sind so tropisch, gell? Deswegen gefallen mir auch die Bananenpflanzen so gut :-)

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  9. What a beautiful plant! I love the leaves as well. So lush looking!

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  10. thanks indie, yes lush looking.... don't the leaves look like they are quilted? :-)

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