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Care of the plant Pyrostegia venusta or Flame vine.

Care of the plant Pyrostegia venusta or Flame vine

The genus Pyrostegia, family Bignoniaceae, comprises 15 species of climbing plants native to Brazil and other regions of South America. Some species are: Pyrostegia venusta, Pyrostegia cinerea, Pyrostegia ornata.

Common names: Orange trumpetvine, Flame vine. This species is native to Brazil.

They are fast-growing evergreen climbing shrubs that reach 20 meters (65.6 feet) in height. The leaves are made up of 3 leaflets, one of which is a tendril. The very showy and abundant orange flowers appear in terminal groups and are tubular in shape. They bloom from fall to early spring.

They are used to cover walls, fences and pergolas and in large pots for terraces, for greenhouses and for glass gardens.

Pyrostegia venusta needs full sun or semi-shade exposure; they can grow in shade but produce far fewer flowers. They need supports to climb.

The soil should be light and slightly acidic; add leaf mulch or compost. The planting is done outside the flowering season.

Water regularly but with little amount of water; wait until the surface layer of the substrate has dried.

Fertilize once a month during the flowering period with mineral fertilizer.

Prune intensively after flowering to produce more branches and flowers and to control growth; they can be invasive plants.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by layering, by cuttings or by seeds sown in spring.

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Pyrostegia venusta
Pyrostegia venusta
Pyrostegia venusta
Pyrostegia venusta