Dalechampia dioscoreifolia


Dalechampia dioscoreifolia

Purple Wings, Costa Rican Butterfly Vine, Bow Tie Vine

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From Costa Rica to Peru

Growth Habit:

This is a twining evergreen vine growing up to 25 feet long.

Growing Requirements:

Grows best in full sun to light shade with moderate water


The leaves are heart-shaped, dark green on top, and fuzzy on the underside. D. dioscoreifolia is in the Euphorbia family, and like its relative the Poinsettia it has very small flowers but large, colorful bracts. The bracts are bright purple and are arranged like wings in pairs of two with the tiny yellow flowers blooming between them. After the flowers, a red seed pod forms. Bloom time is nearly all year, with heaviest flowering in the summer months. It flowers best in a warm sheltered location, and is hardy down to 20- 25 degrees.

Where at Lotusland:

There is one specimen at Lotusland, planted in a large pot in the courtyard between the Pavilion and the Main House.

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