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Podranea ricasoliana, Tecoma ricasoliana, Port St. John's Creeper, Zimbabwe Creeper

Podranea ricasoliana, Tecoma ricasoliana

Port St. John's Creeper, Zimbabwe Creeper
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Central America, Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeper plantFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersDeciduous plant

Podranea ricasoliana is an evergreen or deciduous twining vine with rapid growth potential, reaching up to 20 feet (6m) in height. Its pink flowers bloom in spring and fall and appear on the vine profusely. It requires little to moderate water and needs good drainage in order to flourish.

The vine grows best in full sun and in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. However, it is able to tolerate lower temperatures below freezing in colder zones. Growers should provide additional frost protection for container-grown plants; making sure to keep them in a sheltered area and mulch them for additional insulation. Pruning back the foliage is also recommended if the plant gets leggy.

Partial shade will also suffice but if necessary, the plant should be pruned back to maintain an attractive appearance. Quality fertilizer should be administered to ensure a healthy container plant and water should be applied sparingly in winter. Also, the soil should be repotted every two years, deadheaded and kept frost-free.

The pleasing and hardy features of the Podranea ricasoliana are easy to slide it into any garden; making it an ideal choice with its drought tolerance, lack of pest and disease issues, showy foliage, colorful blooms and heavenly scent.

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