Pandorea jasminoides, commonly known as Pandora vine, is a hardy, woody-stemmed vine in the Bignoniaceae family. Native to South Africa and parts of Florida, this ornamental foliage boasts pale pink or alba white, fragrant flowers that blossom on its twining branches in spring and summer. The blossoms have bright yellow petals, with red or purple markings in the throat, making it an attractive ornamental species.
Pandora vine are adaptable to most soils, but thrive in moist, fertile, and well-draining soil. They prefer full sun to semi-shade, and should be watered regularly throughout the growing season, except in extremely dry conditions. This drought tolerant variety is hardy to grow in USDA Zones 9-10, and can be grown in cooler climates with a bit of effort.
Pandora vine is relatively easy to care for in pots, but should be grown in large, deep containers for best results. The vine prefers slightly acidic conditions, and due to its sensitivity to temperatures below freezing, it should be transplanted in mid-summer in cooler climates in order to avoid the cold winter temperatures. If the vine is expected to survive a cold winter, it should be mulched with evergreen boughs or leaves for extra insulation before the frost sets in.
In warmer climates, the Pandora vine needs little pruning and is widely used as groundcover and to decorate fences and walls.In cooler regions, it needs a little more maintenance and pruning in order to keep a neat, compact shape. The vines may require support when they become top-heavy, and can be tied to trellises to encourage the most beautiful cascading growth.
Overall, Pandorea jasminoides is an easy-care and drought tolerant vine that is ideal for growing in warmer climates and making the most of its presentable foliage and delicate flowers. When looked after correctly, it can make a beautiful addition to any garden.