Orange Trumpet Creeper

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Orange Trumpet Creeper

The orange trumpet creeper is a South American native which puts on a spectacular display of brilliant orange flowers from winter through to spring.

Plant details

Common name: Orange trumpet creeper, flame vine

Botanic name: Pyrostegia venusta

The genus name is from the Greek and refers to the colour of the flowers (pyro = flame and stege = covering). The species name ‘venusta’ means pleasing.

Description: A vigorous evergreen climber which supports itself by means of coiled, thread-like tendrils growing from the apex of some of the bright green compound leaves. Abundant, bold orange flowers are produced from about mid July until October.

Best climate: Pyrostegias are warm climate plants. They grow well in Sydney to Perth and areas north. They are also worth trying in Adelaide and inland areas in a warm position, with shelter from cold winds and frost.

Best look:

Striking when draped over a building or a structure such as a carport or over an old fence. A good choice in a country garden to conceal the tank stand.

Good points:

Bold orange flowers bring a warm look to the winter garden Evergreen Pest and disease free Low maintenance

Downside:

Hard to find and grow in a cold climate Only comes in orange  

Care:

The orange trumpet vine likes a sunny spot, excellent drainage and regular moisture particularly when it’s hot and dry. It also needs protection from frost and a support to climb over. Prune away spent flowers to encourage new growth in spring if desired.

Getting started:

Orange trumpet creeper is available at nurseries all year round in warm and tropical climates, but particularly in autumn and winter when in flower. Expect to pay around $12-$16 for plants in 200mm (8″) pots.

It can also be grown from semi-hardwood cuttings taken in summer, autumn or winter.