Saturday, September 22, 2012

Queen's Wreath ...

Flowering vines are among my favorite garden growers, and Queen's Wreath (antigonon leptopus) ranks among my top picks for gorgeous blooms.

Image of Queen's Wreath via Alamodeus.

It loves our Texas heat and grows rapidly throughout the spring and summer. The thick, bright green foliage makes it a perfect screen since it loves to climb and drape gracefully over fences (and, really cover anything in its path). It's drought tolerant and deer resistant, both real attributes for planting in our region.

Image of Queen's Wreath via Alamodeus.

The abundant fuchsia flowers of Queen's Wreath attracts bees and butterflies, not to mention admiring passing neighbors. The beautiful flowers continuously bloom until the first frost.
Image of Queen's Wreath via Alamodeus.

Even though the plant will die back to the roots after a few days of freezing Winter temps, it will grow back again the following Spring, first with the appearance of heart shaped leaves along the twirling vine, then, followed by long sprays of distinctive pink flowers.
Image of Queen's Wreath via Alamodeus.

Queen's Wreath is often used in urban plantings because it tolerates air pollution, small planting plots, poor soil conditions and even inadequate sunshine.

The only thing difficult about this plant is reaching some consensus about its name. Queen's Wreath is also called Coral Vine, Mexican Creeper and Queen's Crown.

Image of Queen's Wreath via Alamodeus.

We have a fence line just waiting to host a butterfly magnet like the Queen's Wreath I photographed above. All images taken this week on High Street in Comfort, Texas.

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