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Trumpet Creeper... arching pink and ruby beauty against a blue sky!

Tecomanthe dendrophila, also known as New Guinea trumpet creeper, is in full bloom on Fairchild's vine pergola. Walk to the far end of the pergola and you will see this amazing plant.

 

This vigorous woody twiner (liana) could be grown simply for its deep green foliage, but the large pendant clusters of trumpet shaped flowers steal the show. Rosy-pink colored at the base and fading to paler rose, the flowers open to reveal creamy white throats. Blooms appear intermittently between September and May. The mature stems wind around each other creating an entanglement on which the clusters of flowers are curiously borne. Tecomanthe dendrophila requires a pergola, fence or other strong support.

 

Vine Pergola, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

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Taken on March 31, 2012