Yellow butterfly vine, also known as yellow orchid vine, a perennial, twining evergreen vine, has been named a Texas Superstar selection for its low maintenance requirements and beauty.
Texas Superstar® is a registered trademark owned by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System. Plants are designated Texas Superstars by the Texas Superstar executive board, made up of nine horticulturalists from AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Tech University.
To be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must not only be beautiful but perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Texas Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available but also reasonably priced, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Bexar County.
Rodriguez said the clusters of dainty flowers on butterfly vine are a brilliant yellow in the summer sun. But it’s the seed pods that give the plant its most common name.
CHARACTERISTICS & CARE
The vine will retain its glossy green foliage in mild winters, he said. Plants can be pruned and trained coming out of winter, but cold winters can nip the plants back.
Butterfly vine is drought tolerant and thrives in hot, sunny locations, Rodriguez said. It is highly resistant to both insects and disease.
In colder areas of the state, butterfly vine can be grown as an herbaceous perennial where the ground doesn’t freeze or as a tropical annual container plant. Rodriguez recommends a minimum 20-inch container and some sort of support if not planted in landscapes.
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