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Rhodochiton atrosanguineus (Purple Bell Vine)

Purple Bell Vine, Rhodochiton volubile, Maurandia atrosanguineum, Lophospermum atrosanguineum, Rhodochiton atrosanguineum


Exotic-looking, Rhodochiton atrosanguineus (Purple Bell Vine) is a tender perennial climber with heart-shaped leaves and a profusion of pendant flowers reminiscent of those of a fushia. Produced in succession from late spring to the first frosts, the blooms are quite lovely. Hanging from bright purple-red, bell-shaped calyces, are long, tubular blood-red to purple petal tubes. After pollination, the tubes will fall away but the sepals will expand and turn greenish to rose-red and look elegant for weeks. Held on long petioles, the pale green heart-shape leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm), are adorned with purple edges. They coil around any support. Free-flowering, Purple Bell Vine requires little care. In frost-prone areas, this fast-growing climber can be grown outdoors as an annual.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its noteworthy qualities.
  • Can quickly grow up to 10-12 ft. tall (300-360 cm) in one season.
  • Thrives in full sun, in humus-rich, fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Provide afternoon shade in hot summer areas.
  • Generally disease-free.
  • This vigorous climber is perfect for a wall, trellis or pergola. Excellent for hanging baskets where it will cascade with charm
  • Propagate by seed
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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