Cup-and-saucer vine is an easy-to-grow annual that supplies a quantity of unique flowers from mid-summer on. The flowers do look like little teacups sitting in saucers.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 9,
- Zone 10,
- Zone 11
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of Climbing
Despite being an annual, this vine can grow up to 10 feet in a season. Cup-and-saucer vine climbs by tendrils. Vines with tendrils climb by twisting those tendrils around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Easy to grow from seed. Soak seeds in warm water overnight and then plant indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost.
Do not plant into the garden until after the last frost.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Mexico.
Pinnately compound foliage; no fall color.
The flowers look like teacups sitting in saucers. Flowers start out greenish in color and turn to purple as they age. Occasionally plants will produce variegated flowers. Lightly fragrant.
The fruit is a dry capsule that sits in the 'saucer'. Not ornamentally important.