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Products > Dalechampia dioscoreifolia
 
Dalechampia dioscoreifolia - Purple Wings
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Origin: Costa Rica (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Dalechampia dioscoreifolia (Purple Wings) - This fast growing vine from the Euphorbia family has light green, 5 inch long, rough-textured heart-shaped leaves. The bloom has a Poinsettia-like construction, being tiny yellow, red, green and brown. The flowers are not nearly as showy as the two surrounding fuchsia-purple bracts that measure 2-3 inches wide and long with serrated margins and prominent veins. These "flowers", looking like purple butterflies appear nearly year round with peak bloom from summer through fall. Plant in full sun to medium shade and water moderately. Blooms less and is less vigorous when kept dry. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also 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 have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Dalechampia dioscoreifolia .
 
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