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.
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.