Amphilophium buccinatorium

Amphilophium buccinatorium or Mexican Blood Trumpet is also known as Scarlet Trumpet Vine. But it has also been called Bignonia cherere, Phaedranthus buccinatorius, Distictis buccinatoria, however, the current name is Amphilophium Buccinatorium. It is a climber vine that blooms continuously with red trumpet flowers with yellow throats. It is native to Mexico. There is also a purple flowering variety.

They are a fast-growing evergreen vines, that like moisture and frost-free climates. Though they are not ideal for coastal areas. Afterall they are tropical. Shelter them from strong winds and provide a fence or trellis or wall to grow on. It does adapt to most types of soils and need the sun but will tolerate some shade. Amphilophium Buccinatorium can grow up to 15m or 50ft. Hummingbirds love these plants so if you live somewhere where there are hummingbirds this is a great candidate.

Scarlet Trumpet Vine Distictis buccinatoria, Amphilophium Buccinatorium
Scarlet Trumpet Vine is a fast grower
Amphilophium Buccinatorium

You can also grow this plant in a container or a large pot. Besides North America, it is also popular in South Africa. In general, they do well in subtropical well. Plant Amphilophium Buccinatorium in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny position. They are easy to prune and since they are fast growers you might want to keep the shape. you can prune them in spring or summer after flowers are done. Propagate from seeds, semi-hardwood cuttings, or layering. Watch out for powdery mildew, aphids, or mealybug but in general, they are trouble-free.

 Distictis buccinatoria

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