Scientific: Antigonon leptopus
Common: coral vine,
Invasive alert: Coral vine is listed as a Category II invasive species in humid and tropical ecosystems around the world such as found in Florida or Hawaii.
Pronounciation: An-TIG-o-non lep-TOE-pus
Sunset 12-24 (can experience frost and freeze injury in zone 12)
USDA 8-11 (can experienced frost and freeze injury in zone 8)
Landscape Use: Green or living wall, classic wall or fence cover, accent vine.
Form & Character: Twining and spreading, tender, innocent, yet devious and deceptive, wispy, and delicate.
Growth Habit: Mostly evergreen, climbing, vining and twining (produces tendrils for attachment) with a trailing habit to 30 feet.
Foliage/Texture: Foliage is medium green, small, cordate shaped with subtle marginal serrations; medium texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Clusters of small delicate pink, red, or rarely white flowers in panicles, fruits are papery sheaths bearing black seeds.
Seasonal Color: Pink flowers in summer to autumn.
Temperature: Tolerant of most microclimates in Phoenix, but is freeze sensitive.
Light: Partial to full sun. Avoid reflected western exposures.
Watering: In Phoenix, regular and mostly copious supplemental waterings are necessary for vigor.
Pruning: Head back (lightly or extensively as needed) to control spread.
Propagation: Seeds or root half-ripe cuttings in the summer.
Disease and Pests: None
Additional comments: In the Phoenix area, coral vine is a nice tender vine for subtle flower accent in oasis and mesic settings. Coral vine has tuberous roots that are reported to be edible.