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Mascagnia lilacina (Lilac Orchid Vine) is a native Mexican plant, growing as an evergreen vine in USDA Zones 9-11. It is a deciduous to evergreen creeper with woody stems that can reach up to 30 ft in warm climates. It produces beautiful, five-petaled blue, lavender, or purple flowers in late summer to fall. The flowers are bell-shaped and are usually around 1/2 inch across. It also produces decorative seedpods, although these are inedible.
Lilac Orchid Vine is not just a showy plant. It also attracts many butterflies and hummingbirds, making it an important part of the local wildlife garden. This perennial vine can be grown in full sun, semi-shade, or any type of soil with regular or moderate water needs. However, it can cause skin irritation due to its small hairs, so it is best to handle them with gloves.
For those living in colder regions, Lilac Orchid Vine can be grown in a pot and kept indoors. This plant thrives well in USDA Zones 9-11. To make sure your Lilac Orchid Vine is healthy, periodically check its soil for moisture content. Water your vine when the soil is dry but not cracked. If your vine is indoors, you should prune it regularly to ensure it does not become unmanageable.
You can also fertilize your Lilac Orchid Vine in the spring with a slow-release, water-soluble fertilizer. This will keep your vine healthy and flowering. With the right care and maintenance, this delicate, beautiful vine can bring a unique touch of color to any home or garden.
Meconopsis sp. (Himalayan Blue Poppy) grows 2-5 feet tall with a spread of 1-2 feet depending on the species. The attractive foliage is bluish-green, with lobed and toothed leaves. The flowers appear in early summer, and come in several colors, white and off-white, blue, lavender, and purple. Some variations in the species also have yellow and orange flowers. This plant is an attractive addition to any garden, as it often attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
This plant is native to the Himalayas, Burma and China, and can be grown in USDA zones 7-10.
The Himalayan Blue Poppy is an easy to grow plant as long as it is kept in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade to semi-shade. Water regularly, as this plant does not tolerate dry conditions, but avoid over-watering. Himalayan Blue Poppies are suitable for growing in containers, so this is an option for gardeners in areas with colder climates. In these colder regions, ensure the pot is well-drained, and place it in an area that gets some morning sun.
This graceful, fast growing and hardy tree combines a great number of wonderful qualities - beautiful fragrant lilac flowers, fancy foliage, landscape and and medicinal use. See article about Melia azedarach.