En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Monday - May 07, 2012

From: Perryton, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Vines
Title: Vines for Texas Panhandle
Answered by: Anne Ruggles


I need a fast-growing vine for our pergola that does not attract bees or wasps. It will be in full sun in the panhandle of Texas--two hours north of Amarillo.


Start out at the Wildflower Center’s web site. Click on the “Exploring Plants” tab and scroll down to the “Recommended Species” link. Click on this link, scroll down to “Just for Texans,” link and click on the hot link for the “High Plains” ecoregion. This will take you to a page that has a list of native plants with photos, and links to descriptions that are native to the Texas High Plains. If you go to the printer friendly species list you can search for vines.

Plants that are attractive to hummingbirds will be less likely to attract bees or wasps (which most often use olfactory cues to find food plants) as hummingbird food plants tend to depend on visual cues to advertise for pollinators rather than olfactory cues.


Some plants to consider include:

Ampelopsis cordata (Heart-leaf ampelopsis, Heartleaf peppervine)   

Bignonia capreolata (Crossvine) 

Clematis drummondii (Old Man’s Beard) You can see images here.

Funastrum cynanchoides  (Hartweg's twinevine, Vine milkweed)   

Humulus lupulus (Native Hops)  You can go here to see images.

Lonicera albiflora (Western White Honeysuckle)

Lonicera sempervirens   (Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle, Woodbine)  

Passiflora incarnata (Purple Passionflower)

Vitis arizonica (Canyon grape, Arizona grape)  You can find images here.



Canyon’s Edge Plants in Canyon, TX is a source of plants native to the Panhandle. They have compiled a list of native vines that you may find helpful. If you contact them they may be able to give you guidance that is more specific to your growing conditions.

You can find other suppliers in your area by going to the Wildflower Center website,  clicking on the “Explore Plants” tab,  and selecting “suppliers” on the drop-down menu.


From the Image Gallery

Heartleaf peppervine
Ampelopsis cordata

Bignonia capreolata

Bignonia capreolata

Fringed twinevine
Funastrum cynanchoides ssp. cynanchoides

Western white honeysuckle
Lonicera albiflora

Western white honeysuckle
Lonicera albiflora

Coral honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens

Coral honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens

Coral honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens

Purple passionflower
Passiflora incarnata

More Vines Questions

Blooming challenges with oakleaf hydrangea and bittersweet vine in KY
October 03, 2010 - 1. I cut back my oak leaf hydrangea last fall and it did not bloom this past year. Problem? 2. I have 3 yr old male/female bittersweet plants growing heartily, but no berries. Problem? Thank you!
view the full question and answer

How to propagate Clematis texensis in Austin, TX?
May 14, 2012 - How do I propagate a Clematis texensis Buckl. Scarlet leatherflower from the seed pod?
view the full question and answer

Aggressive vine with purple flowers in South Carolina
September 12, 2014 - Found an aggressive climbing vine with purple flowers in out vegetable garden. This garden was cleaned and new dirt, mulch and manure was put in in the spring. It was raked out after the infusion of d...
view the full question and answer

Where in Texas can Vitis rupestris be found for collecting seeds and cuttings
July 27, 2014 - Where in Texas can I collect in the wild - cuttings or seeds from the Native American plant Vitis rupestris? Thanks!
view the full question and answer

Florida hanging vine with occasional red tongue-like leaves
December 01, 2011 - I live in south Florida and I used to grow a hanging vine that had green slender leaves and an occasional red leaf that looked like a tongue that protruded horizontally from the plant. do you know wha...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center