Name: Cardinal vine or cardinal creeper aka Ipomoea x multifida
Type of Plant: An annual vine for full sun to grow on small trellises or other supports. Lacy green foliage and delicate red flowers make this an attractive climber that doesn’t overwhelm a support.
Why I love this: There are many people who want to grow a flowering vine on a rather small trellis, obelisk or other upright structure. Most vines will eat such a support for breakfast and tear it down for lunch! Not so with the cardinal creeper.
Add to this smaller, gentler growth habit the attraction for hummingbirds, and you have a winning plant.
A Word to the Wise: If you are growing this plant from seed, soak the seeds overnight, and/or nick them carefully with a sharp knife so that they are able to sprout.
This vine needs at least 4 hours of direct sun that include the noon hour in order to flower well. It’s never covered with bloom…if you want a showy vine for sun choose a Mandevilla instead. But if you appreciate elegant and sweet, have I got a vine for you!
What is the Deep Purple Plant in the foreground of this great planting?
So glad you asked! That is Alternanthera ‘Little Ruby’ – a fantastic, low-growing annual for containers or the ground. Each plant will get about 12″ in diameter so perfect at the front of a border or to cascade over the edge of a pot.