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Monday - August 25, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Vines
Title: Native flowering vine for Central Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I need a Texas native, flowering, climbing plant to climb up a post or trellis. Any suggestions? Thanks!

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants does have some suggestions:

Bignonia capreolata (crossvine) semi-evergreen

Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper) deciduous

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle) evergreen

Gelsemium sempervirens (evening trumpetflower) evergreen

Clematis texensis (scarlet leather flower) deciduous

Clematis pitcheri (bluebill) deciduous

You can see more possibilites by choosing the Central Texas area from the map on our Recommended Species page and then choosing the Narrow Your Search option and selecting 'Vine' under "Habit (general appearance)".

Please note that all the photos below were taken at the Wildflower Center where the plants were flourishing.


Bignonia capreolata

Campsis radicans

Lonicera sempervirens

Gelsemium sempervirens

Clematis texensis

Clematis pitcheri

 

 

 

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