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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Antigonon leptopus 'Baja Red'-Queen's Wreath

A fast growing vine with stems reaching to 20 feet long. Its heart- shaped, lush green leaves can be as large as 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. The stems are herbaceous, dying back to a large, underground root in the winter; regrowing when the weather warms up enough in late spring. The stems climb by tendrils which wrap around many types of supports.

Long sprays of white, pink, or red flowers appear on the species in the summer and fall while this selection has brilliant red flowers. 
Native to Baja California and western Mexico, it is commonly found in arroyos and canyons.  In frost-free areas it is evergreen, but will remain hardy in other locations.  Queen’s wreath will flower from mid summer until frost and in frost-free areas flowering may continue year round. 

In colder areas, it may be cut to the ground in late winter.  In extremely cold areas it might be advised to mulch the roots.  In severe areas it may take a while to regrow in spring. 

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