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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-13

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cape honeysuckle

Tecomaria

Cape honeysuckle

A winter bloomer! Evergreen vines or shrubs, cape honeysuckle can grow to twenty-five feet or more in Zones 9B -10, although it may need some support. The red-orange is the most common color, but there's also a cheerful yellow.

These are sturdy plants that seem to tolerate negligence, as long as they have sun and some water, especially during hot spells. They don't have much going fragrance-wise, at least not that I can tell. But the bees like them, so they get an A in my book.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

You warm zone folks have some fine plants. I'm down to colorful branches, bark, and evergreens in the rain here.

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