By Jackie Carroll
Cypress vine has thin, thread-like leaves that give the plant a light, airy texture. Read here for cypress vine info that will help you decide if this plant is right for your garden and how to grow it.
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Cardinal climber Ipomoea × multifida) is one of those plants that fully lives up to its name. The blossoms of this hybrid plant are a true cardinal red, and the vine reaches for whatever it can grab. This is a very graceful, airy annual vine, related to morning glory (one of the parent plants of this hybrid). It blooms profusely throughout the summer and the red, trumpet-shaped flowers are big favorites of hummingbirds and other pollinators. The bright green leaves are triangular, with deep, narrow lobes that give them a lacy appearance resembling that of small palm leaves. The tubular flowers are red, with white or yellow throats. Five petals overlap to form a swept-back pentagon at the opening.
Cardinal climber is often planted near a trellis or other structure that it can climb it can also be used as a dense ground-cover. The delicate, lacy leaves form a peek-a-boo screen rather than blocking the view entirely. This makes them great for training over an arbor or trellis. They are also a good choice for softening a wall and adding an airy feeling.
Cardinal climber can also be grown in containers. Add support in the container for even more height. They look wonderful growing around an obelisk, in the center of other flowers.
|Botanical Name||Ipomoea × multifida|
|Common Name||Cardinal climber|
|Plant Type||Annual flowering vine|
|Mature Size||6 to 12 feet tall, 9- to 12-inch spread|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun will tolerate some shade|
|Soil Type||Any well-drained soil|
|Soil pH||6.0 to 7.2 prefers a fairly neutral pH|
|Bloom Time||Midsummer until frost|
|Flower Color||Red, with yellow or white throats|
|Hardiness Zones||None this plant is a true annual|
|Native Area||None this plant is a cultivated hybrid|
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Easy to grow and easy to find, Cypress Vine and Cardinal Climber plants are a preferred choice if your goal is a garden that hosts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Seed packets are usually available in local nurseries in the spring or available on line. Plant seeds directly in the ground in very early spring or soak the seeds overnight if planting once the weather has warmed up.
Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) is a lacy, delicate-looking annual vine available in a variety of flower colors, including red.
Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea sloteri) has red flowers and sturdier looking leaves, but it is just as pretty as Cypress Vine. I have found the Cardinal Climber vines much more vigorous and able to cover a larger area than the delicate looking Cypress Vine.
Choose either of these lovely vines or plant both for continuous blooms from late spring through fall.
Wisteria has its share of pests and diseases that gardeners need to be aware of during the growing season. Here’s a quick list of pests and diseases to look for on your wisteria vines.
Use organic pesticides and fungicides to remove disease from your plants, and check the plants each day until they return to health.