Scientific: Podranea ricasoliana
Common: pink trumpet vine, Port St. Johns creeper
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: eastern coast of South Africa

Pronounciation: Po-dra-NE-a ri-ca-so-lee-A-na

Hardiness zones:
Sunset 9, 11-13, 19-27
USDA 9 (may go deciduous during coldest winters) - 11

Landscape Use: Trellis or espalier for wall covers, arbors, pergolas, carports and overhangs, needs support. It is also used as an informal hedge or planted against a wall or a fence to create a screen. It is a useful rambling ground cover for an embankment as the stems root wherever they touch the soil, forming large, swollen water- and soil-holding root clumps.

Form & Character: Rapidly spreading, festive and energetic, squeaky clean and robust, sub-tropical to tropical in appearance.

Growth Habit: Semi-woody, evergreen to semi-deciduous perennial vine, sprawling quite rapidly to 50 feet, produces tendrils, fast rate of growth during warm season.

Foliage/texture: Glabrous, odd-compound green leaves, leaflets lanceolate; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Beautiful, multiple terminal clusters of pink trumpet flowers with rose colored throat; fruit an elongated and flattened pod.

Seasonal color: Flowers might be produced any time during the warm season, but in Phoenix it generally blooms late summer/early fall, ca. September.

Temperature: Hardy to 20o to 25oF, will take some reflected heat in Phoenix

Light: Full sun to filtered shade, will take some reflected sunlight

Soil: Well drained soil, requires consistent fertility

Watering: Regular deep irrigations in Phoenix, only some occasional drought

Pruning: Prune in late winter to shape and control spread, can be prune severely once established

Propagation: Softwood cuttings in summer, seed in winter, layering anytime

Disease and pests: None of note

Additional comments: This landscape vine is not common in Phoenix landscapes even though it is generally fast-growing and easy to cultivate. Podranea is an anagram of the closely related genus Pandorea. Pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricosolaina) should not be confused (it often is) with Pandorea jasminoides (Bower vine).