Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-17
Bleeding heart vine or glory bower
Plantidotian ydrasl spotted this spectacular flowering vine growing all over Key West and tracked down the details just for us! A member of the verbena family, bleeding heart vine can be grown in the garden or in a hanging basket in warm climates (USDA zones 9 - 12). If you live in an area where winter temperatures go below freezing, consider moving. Or grow the vine in a container (preferably with a trellis or something to climb on) that can be brought inside during cold spells.
Bleeding heart vines like a lot of sunshine and water, but in exchange they provide nearly year round red, purplish or white blossoms and loads of them. BTW, this bleeding heart is not related to the bleeding heart plant, which is in a different family (Dicentra). Which we all knew already, right?
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