Wednesday

Purple Bell Vine!!

I am ready for the next adventure (...as well as spring). This time Rhodochiton atrosanguineum. And since it flowers the first year from seeds, I don't have to be patient :)


 Native of woodland in Mexico, this attractive plant scrambles through the undergrowth and produces dark purple tubular flowers within a long lasting, papery calyx. The angular heart-shaped leaves are bright green and show off the unusual flowers to good effect. The flowers have an exaggerated bell-shaped calyx in a rich pink to fuchsia color. The flower is a narrow dark purple to almost black tube that hangs like the clapper of the bell.

Flowers the first year from seed. Sow early in spring to flower June to frost, or grow as a perennial in the greenhouse.
A delicate but fast growing tropical vine, which works well as an annual flower in hanging baskets and containers if given something to climb up, as the vines twine freely.

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2 comments:

Giga said...

Powiększyłam zdjęcie i zobaczyłam wspaniałe kwiaty. Podoba mi się ich kształt i kolor. Pozdrawiam. *** I saw the photo enlarged and splendid flowers. I like their shape and color. Yours.

Andrew Ablėnas said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for introducing this species to me.