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Distictis 'Rivers' - Royal Trumpet Vine
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [D.'Mrs. Rivers', D. riversii, Amphilophium]
Parentage: (Distictis buccinatoria x D. laxiflora)
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Distictis 'Rivers' (Royal Trumpet Vine) - This is a fast growing evergreen vine reaching 30 feet tall and wide. Like the Red Trumpet Vine, one of its parents, it has green somewhat-leathery 4 inch long leaves with tendrils that form disks so it can climb fences and structures. 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. laxiflora, but has a slightly more vigorous look about it with slightly larger blooms and leaves. It is hardy to 20-25 degrees F. When it is well-established, it should regenerate from the roots if it freezes down to the ground. Violet trumpet flowers grow 5 inches long and bloom throughout the warmer months. Plant in full sun to part shade, water occasionally in the summer. This plant of hybrid origin is the result of the cross between two Mexican vines that both were known as species in the genus Distictis but the current genus for both, according to The Plant List, the collaborative authoritative listing by Kew Botanic Garden and Missouri Botanic Garden, is Amphilophium which would likewise make this hybrid a Amphilophium. We will continue to list this plant as Distictis 'Rivers' until such time as this name change has wider acceptance.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Distictis 'Rivers'.
 
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