Orange flowers combine the fiery passion of red and the happiness of yellow for a feeling of pride, energy and confidence. Use an orange flowering vine as a bold statement in a patch of green plants or to energize an old fence and give it a new life. The local bird and insect population will also make good use of the plants.
Flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta) is also known as flaming trumpet, golden shower and flaming trumpet. It is a member of the Bignonia family with orange-red flowers blooming in the late winter and early spring. Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) produces orange flowers with yellow insides in May and June. Mexican flame vine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) produces orange, daisy-like flowers.
Flame vine grows up to 80 feet long and features compound leaves composed of two to three oval-shaped leaflets that are 2 to 3 inches long. Tube-shaped flowers measure 3 inches long and grow in clusters of 15 to 20 at the ends of the branches. The flowers are followed by thin, dry seed pods up to 1 foot long. Trumpet honeysuckle grows from 10 to 20 feet long with a spread of 3 to 6 feet. The vine features large, trumpet-shaped flowers growing in clusters around the tips of the branches and oval, blue-green leaves. Small, red berries appear after the flowers. Mexican flame grows up to 10 feet long with flowers up to 1 inch across growing in small clusters in the summer with deep-green, arrowhead-shaped leaves. The seeds resemble those of a dandelion.
The flame vine is a native of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, is hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11 and does best in full sun, although it will take partial shade conditions. The soil should be moist to dry. Trumpet honeysuckle is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9 and is native to the Eastern and Central United States. Plant in full sun and moist, well-drained soils. The Mexican flame vine is a native of Mexico, hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, likes full sun or partial shade and a soil that is moist to dry.
Use the flame vine to cover a fence or exterior wall and in a hummingbird garden. The vine is long enough to cover an arbor or trellis. Trumpet honeysuckle grows on trellises, fences, arbors or pergolas, and in wildlife gardens. Drape a Mexican flame vine over a chain-link fence or a porch railing. Use in mixed hedges with non-flowering shrubs or let it climb up a tree. This plant is also a favorite for butterflies.
Flame vine needs to be controlled when near other plants. The vine is large enough to smother trees and small plants. Trumpet honeysuckle has no serious problems. Mexican flame vine needs to be supported or it will grow where it wants to in a haphazard pattern.
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