Cypress vine is an annual vine with bright red flowers that attract hummingbirds.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of Climbing
Cypress vine can grow 10-15 feet in a season. It is a twining vine. Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Full sun and moist, well-drained soil is best. Easy to grow from seed. Seeds should be scarified (nicked slightly) and then soak overnight before planting. Start seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.
Disease, pests, and problems
No common, serious problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to tropical America.
The dark green leaves are deeply and finely cut, giving them a feathery look.
The red, tubular flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
The fruit is a dry capsule; not ornamentally important.
Cultivars and their differences
White cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit 'Alba'): This cultivar has white flowers.