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Products > Distictis laxiflora (SMG select form)
Distictis laxiflora (SMG select form) - Vanilla Trumpet Vine

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Amphilophium laxiflorum]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Distictis laxiflora (SMG select form) (Vanilla Trumpet Vine) - This is a fast growing evergreen vine reaching 30 feet tall and wide. Showy lavender flowers fade to light lavender throughout the warm months. Plant in full sun to part shade and water occasionally in the summer. It looks a lot like D. 'Rivers', but has a slightly more delicate look about it, and the blooms give off a pleasant vanilla scent. It is hardy to about 25-30 degrees F. If it is well established, it should regenerate from the roots if it freezes down to the ground. This plant was selected by us from seedlings of the large Distictis laxiflora that overhangs our office structure. In 1992 we evaluated 15 seedlings for flower color and fragrance and selected this plant as being the best. We continually try to vegetatively propagate the plant on our office structure but have only had a few cuttings successfully root. Visitors to our nursery can see both forms growing nearby in our main greenhouse where our cutting stock for the select form has taken over the back center of the greenhouse and a plant succesfully rooted from the original covers the south western corner. Come in and compare the flower color and fragrance of these two beautiful plants. This plant native to Mexico has long been known as Distictis laxiflora but the current name, according to The Plant List, the collaborative authoritative listing by Kew Botanic Garden and Missouri Botanic Garden, is Amphilophium laxiflorum. We will continue to list this plant as Distictis laxiflora until such time as this name change has wider acceptance. 

This information about Distictis laxiflora (SMG select form) displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.