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Coral Vine

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Coral Vine

Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus) is a native of Mexico. It’s a fast growing, easy care, evergreen vine that will happily cover up and over any nearby object. During the summer, this vine produces large branching flower stalks (racemes) upon which masses of small pink flowers are produced.

These brilliant flowers attract hordes of butterflies so be prepared for caterpillars. Not to worry though, its rapid growth rate and luxurious foliage will not succumb to a little, or a lot of, nibbling. This vine will grow in almost any type soil, needs full sun for best bloom but will tolerate a little shade, wants well-drained moist soil but will tolerate some drought. In the very coldest areas it will suffer from frost but a good layer of mulch should have it surviving the winter, just cut it back after threat of frost has passed. It has tuberous roots that are said to be edible and are eaten in its native Mexico. Coral Vine has been used in urban settings as it tolerates air pollution, restricted space, inadequate sunshine and poor soil.