Yellow orchid vine
Form: vine; can be a shrub up to 6ft
Size: to 20ft
Leaves: simple; smooth, green, 2x1in tapering to a point
Flowers: bright yellow clusters; paddle-shaped with 5 petals; spring
Fruit: large papery seed capsules, green at first then drying to tan ("-ptera" in botanical name means winged)
Stems/Trunks: smooth; green when young, turn gray with age
Hardiness: to 24°F
persistant seed capsule on
- climbs trellises or fences
- Exposure: full sun, part shade; loves the heat
- Water: low; 1-2 times per month when growing
- Soil: any
- Propagation: seeds, cuttings
- Maintenance: Needs attachment if grown on walls; prune out dead wood. In the spring, can prune down to 2ft to reduce size or reinvigorate
Research by Master Gardener Barbara Schneidau
Blooms on and off in warm weather, biggest show in spring.
Mascagnia macroptera growing up a balcony
Fruit remains on for months. Often used in dried arrangments.
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