Saturday, August 6, 2022

Cypress Vine--Pretty Flower for Hummingbirds

 


A friend/neighbor down the street has unusual greenery growing on her fence. It looks like a vine that is a fern with tiny red flowers. For a year, I have told Tommy I was going to look it up. I did. This is only one vine in the picture. Her chain link fence is covered thickly in these vines. She says her hummingbirds love them.

I don't think I have ever seen this vine/flower. When we see the flowers on the nearest end of the fence, they are trumpet-shaped. The other end of the fence always has flowers open more. I am not sure what the difference is. Location? Sun? 

This blogger features it in a post. Click Here 

Have you ever seen Cypress Vine? Have you grown it? 

20 comments:

  1. It's really very pretty and it's probably great for bees, too?
    I haven't heard of Cypress Vine but then I wouldn't expect to

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    1. kylie,
      I am not sure of its range. Maybe it is in AU.

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  2. I have this growing in my pots out front. Many years ago I bought a start and it comes back every year somewhere! The hummingbirds love it. I have always called it hummingbird vine. I live in IN

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    1. Cheryl,
      From all I have read from the experts, it is not supposed to grow in pots and only in warm climates. But, then I have read differently on various blogs. It reseeds, so that is always nice.

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    2. yes it reseeds, mine has been in some pot or another for several years and it gets cold here in the winter. My friend has a huge mess of it that thrives from year to year.

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  3. Very nice. It would make for pretty color on a privacy fence.

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    1. Sam,
      It grows thickly, so it would be great on a privacy fence.

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  4. It's very pretty - does it bloom all summer?

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  5. This was one of the morning glory vines I had growing along my fence around my pool when I lived in the Lone Star State. It can reseed and come back. I love vines, particularly morning glories.

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    1. Meg,
      I love vines, too. I am sure that was quite pretty around the pool.

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    2. Meg,
      These are different from morning glories.

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    3. Cypress vine IS a member of the morning glory family, that is to say in the family "Convolvovulacaea." The genus is "Impomoea." Its proper name is "Impomoea quamoclit." For reference, the Blue Morning Glory (my favorite) is "Impomoea nil."

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    4. Meg,
      I saw it was in the same family when I was reading up on the Cypress Vine.

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    5. Moonvine is also in the same family, "Impomoea alba." They were also some of the morning glories I had around the fence. You might like those as well--VERY fragrant at night. It was fun to watch them open as the sun set. In any case, the biologist in me is a stickler for proper taxonomy...while cypress vine is different from morning glory in appearance, (particularly the foliage), it is indeed a type of morning glory. Sadly, I can't get morning glories to grow here, but we do get Bindweed, "Convolvus arvensis" which LOOKS like a morning glory, and some people actuallly call it wild morning glory, but it isn't a morning glory at all. It is actually an invasive weed. I think it's pretty along the road, but it will take over more desirable plants if you let it in your yard.

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    6. We cannot enjoy our yard at night, sadly. So, any plant best enjoyed at night is lost on us. I cannot even see in the backyard in the day. i cannot get into the back yard without hurting myself. Neither can he. We do not need anything invasive. At my house I could get to weeds. Here, I cannot!

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  6. It's a new one to me; I learned something.
    There are no lack of hummingbirds here; they can be quite aggressive.

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    1. The hummingbirds I have are all aggressive. There is no cooperation around here, no matter how many hummingbirds come.

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  7. See? This blog is a treasure trove of new information! I have never heard of the cypress vine. I'm going to look for seeds--especially since it comes in pink, and I am very fond of pink flowers.

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    1. Sue,
      Pink flowers are my favorite! I like them with a sprinkling of yellow and white. I really do not like purple or orange flowers. Pink would be my favorite in this vine. I had never seen or heard of this vine before my neighbor had them and I looked them up.

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