BIGNONIA CAPREOLATA - CROSSVINE
Cross Vine is native to central and southern United States. Climbs without a twining and it produces tendrils. It also produces a long tubular flower that is red and yellow and has a mocha smell to it. Leaves are dark green to a purplish color and produces opposite pairs with terminal tendrils. Climbs was high with the leaves remaining on the uppermost portion of the plant.
Cross Vine - Bignonia Capreolata
Cross Vine is a very delightful perennial vine to add to a garden that needs a bust of color, especially for zones 6 through 9. This vine is known to grow up to fifty feet high and presents very showy tubular orange and red flowers. It's extremely attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and other bids species. You can usually catch them in clusters of two to five blooms. You can grow this vine in a few different ways; either on a fence, a tendril, up a tree and almost any surface. The leaves will be a shiny, waxy green color in the summer but by fall will become more colorful and change to a reddish purple in the winter time. There can be some variation in the color of the bloom from a yellow center and red tips, red center and yellow tips or a full red bloom. This plant can survive with low to medium amount of water and do well in either full sun or partial shade, but definitely does much better in full sun. The soil should be well-drained but kept lightly moistened and placed in acidic, sandy or a medium clay textured soil. Even though this plant doesn't require a large amount of water, do try to keep the soil moist for the Cross Vine. With this plant you are able to collect the seed pods and keep them refrigerated up to a year without any pretreatment. Let the pods holding the seeds dry out on the plant before plucking it off for refrigeration. Plant the seeds into dirt, indoors, before the last frost. If you desperately want to plant the seeds directly outside do so in the fall. They most likely will not start growing until the following spring. As the vine grows up on it's surface be mindful to keep it from overcrowding itself. This plant does need room for the blooms to surface and do their work in nature.