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In The Garden: Mexican flame vine identified by its leaves, flowers

By Staff | May 14, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Mexican flame vine

The Mexican flame vine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) is a beautiful non-native evergreen vining species that is a great addition to a South Florida butterfly garden. The plant is characterized by its arrowhead-shaped leaves and large clusters of brilliant flowers over a long season. Due to the mild winters of South Florida, the plant blooms year-round.

This beautiful species’ flowers are daisy like and fiery orange-red with a golden center. The plant grows 6 feet to 12 feet in height and 3 feet to 6 feet wide. It is easily grown in moist well-drained soil in full sun. The Mexican flame vine is perfect for arbors, trellises and other garden structures that create support for the vine to grow on.

Monarch butterflies are highly attracted to this beautiful flowering vine, as well as hummingbirds that feed on its nectar. The flame vine’s care includes trimming the plant back to encourage a new flush of blooms in the summer. If you are having trouble getting the vine to flower, it may be that you are over-fertilizing it. The Mexican flame vine is native to desert conditions so planting in a full sun, drier area can help bring on the blooms.

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