Kew today - See the flame vine in bloom
Visit Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory to see this beautiful South American vine in flower.
19 Jan 2010
The flame vine, Pyrostegia venusta (Image: RBG Kew)
Native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, the flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta) is a vigorous, rampant, evergreen woody vine. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds, it blooms in winter and spring with spectacular clusters of reddish-orange flowers that hang down with the weight of their own beauty! A single vine can be more than 80 ft long and climbs by clinging with tendrils.
The plant is easy to grow in frost-free tropical and sub-tropical areas, but due to its rampant nature it is classified as invasive in Australia and Peru, where it smothers trees and other endemic species.
Kew's flame vine is housed in Zone 1 of the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
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