When it comes to flowers, I like to get up close and personal.
I love to stare into them and what could be more rewarding than looking into the five point star of the cypress vine flower? The bright red bloom also attracts hummingbirds who love to dive into the little white throat of its flower for nectar.
The fern like foliage also draws me to cypress vine or Ipomoea quamoclit. It is bright green and buoyantly drapes around arbors, poles, columns, pergolas, or anything else you give it to climb. We have grown it in our Demonstration Garden on a trellis in a semi- shaded area.
This annual vine was grown in Virginia gardens in the eighteenth century. Thomas Jefferson sent seeds to Monticello and it grows in their historic re-creation of Jefferson’s garden today.
Save the seeds of cypress vine when the pods become papery and you can hear the seeds rattle or just let them drop to the ground for a return of this welcome vine.
PS: Leave a comment if you are interested in a gift of cypress vine seeds from Dallas Garden Buzz. We can mail for planting next spring as long as our supply of seeds lasts!