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Products > Pithecoctenium crucigerum
 
Pithecoctenium crucigerum - Monkey-comb
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Amphilophium crucigerum, P.echinatum]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Pithecoctenium crucigerum (Monkey-comb) - A semi-evergreen vine from southern Mexico south to Brazil with 3 soft leaflets with the middle one often becoming a tendril that helps support the plant. In late spring, there is a short but beautiful bloom of creamy white flowers with yellow throats that arise vertically and arch over to face out from the plant, making for a very showy display. As the flowers mature they darken so that each flower is entirely yellow. Plant in full sun or part shade, with moderate watering. Remains evergreen to 30-32 F and stems are hardy to mid 20's F. This vine graces the corner of our sales office. The common name Monkey-comb comes from the spiny fruit which could be used as a comb but we have never seen our plants produce this fruit here in Santa Barbara. There is some confusion over this vine and an Argentine species. P. cynchoides which is also white with yellow streaks in the throat but does not have P. crucigerum's characteristic bent floral tube. This plant was originally described as Bignonia crucigera but according to The Plant list the current name for this taxa is Amphilophium crucigerum.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Pithecoctenium crucigerum
 
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