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Vines appropriate for a California Landscape

This vine list is a hint of what alt will grow here in California's Gardens. Between the mild climate and low humidity at the coast to alpine climates in our ski resorts, our climate provides a unique ability to grow a wide range of plants.

Vines provide the grace of a casual air or even a touch of wildness. From scent to color to the ability to hide a fence or soften a wall there is a place for these plants.

These vines can make a scene look tropical even when it is in a decidedly colder clime, or they can take on the character of an Oxford ivy, grapes, or wisteria and provide some old world grace.

It is common for vines to have a slow start, often languishing for a year or more before coming into their own. I was told a story about a particularly recalcitrant wisteria that had provided only foliage for 14 years. When it came time to tent the house termite extermination the owner had them cover the wisteria as well. The following year and every year after that the Wisteria bloomed like mad. I am sure that it didn't care for another dose.

Thought must be given to the enthusiasm of the vine species when choosing one. Many of them grow rediculously fast once they are established. They may also develop a huge amount of weight. That weight must be designed for before the construction of the support system starts. I have had to build a new arbor over an old one a number of times. It takes quite awhile for the vine to take to its new structure with any degree of grace. Many of the vines need seasonal maintenance so access to these potential behemoths should also be considered. Information on the growth habits of all of the vines on the list are given on the individual plant pages.

Common Names --------Plants by their Latin Names
Black Eyed Susan Vine * Thunbergia alata
Red Black Eyed Susan Vine * Thunbergia African Sunset
Yellow Black Eyed Susan Vine * Thunbergia Sunny Lemon Star
Bladder Vine * Araujia sericifera
Bleeding Heart Vine * Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Blood Red Trumpet Vine * Distictis buccinatoria
Bluebird Vine * Petrea volubilis
Blue Sky Vine * Thunbergia grandiflora
Boston Ivy * Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Bougainvillea Barbara Karst
Bougainvillea Flame
Bower Vine * Pandorea jasminoides
Brick and Butter Vine * Thunbergia mysorensis
Butterfly Vine * Mascagnia macroptera
Calico Flower * Aristolochia littoralis
California Blackberry * Rubus ursinus
California Wild Grape * Vitis californica
Carolina Jessamine * Gelsemium sempervirens
Cat's Claw Vine * Macfadyena unguis-catis
Chaparral Clematis * Clematis lasiantha
Chaparral Honeysuckle * Lonicera subspicata denudata
Chilean Jasmine * Mandevilla suaveolens, Mandevilla laxa
Chocolate Vine * Akebia quinata
Citrus Yellow Passion Vine * Passiflora citrina
Clock Vine * Thunbergia gregorii
Costa Rican Butterfly Vine * Dalechampia dioscoriefolia
Creek Clematis * Clematis ligusticifolia
Cross Vine * Bignonia capreolata Tangerine Beauty
Cruel Vine * Araujia sericifera
Cup and Saucer Vine * Cobaea Scandens
Cup of Gold Vine * Solandra maxima
Divorce Vine * Solanum wendlandii
Double Flowering Evergreen Mock Orange * Philadelphus mexicanus plena
Easter Lily Vine * Beaumontia grandiflora
Electric Blue Sweet Pea * Lathyrus sativus azureus
Evergreen Clematis * Clematis armandii
Evergreen Mock Orange * Philadelphus mexicanus
Flame Vine * Pyrostegia venusta
Giant Potato Creeper * Solanum wendlandii
Guinea Gold Vine * Hibbertia scandens
Hyacinth Bean * Dolichos lablab
Jalap * Ipomoea jalapa
Japanese Creeper * Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Japanese Honeysuckle * Lonicera japonica
Lavender Trumpet Vine * Clytostoma callistegioides

Madagascar Jasmine * Stephanotis floribunda
Mexican Blood Vine * Distictis buccinatoria
Mexican Flame Vine * Senecio confusus
Mexican Mock Orange * Philadelphus mexicanus
Morning Glory * Ipomoea indica Ocean Blue
Moth Vine * Araujia sericifera
Orange Clock Vine * Thunbergia gregorii
Orange Honeysuckle * Lonicera ciliosa
Orchid Vine * Bauhinia corymbosa
Pacific Blackberry * Rubus ursinus
Passion Vines
Blood Red Passion Vine ~ Passiflora sanguinolenta
Edible Passion Vine ~ Passiflora edulis
Incense Passion Flower ~ Passiflora Incense
Pink Passion Vine ~ Passiflora Coral Sea
Purple Passion Vine ~ Passiflora Lavender Lady
Red Granadilla ~ Passiflora vitifolia Scarlet Flame
Pelican Flower * Aristolochia gigantea
Phanera * Bauhinia corymbosa
Pink Allamanda * Mandevilla Alice Du Pont
Pink Jasmine * Jasminum polyanthum
Pipestems * Clematis lasiantha
Port St. John's Creeper * Podranea ricasoliana
Potato Vine * Solanum jasminoides
Purple Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle * Lonicera japonica purpurea
Purple Wings * Dalechampia dioscoreifolia
Purple Wreath Vine * Petrea volubilis
Queen's Wreath Vine * Petrea voluilis
Rosenka Bougainvillea
Royal Trumpet Vine * Distictis rivers
Running Postman Vine * Kennedia prostrata
Sandpaper Vine * Petrea volubilis
Santa Barbara Honeysuckle * Lonicera subspicata denudata
Snail Vine * Vigna caracalla
South African Jasmine * Jasminum angulare
Southern Honeysuckle * Lonicera subspicata denudata
Summer Wisteria * Millettia reticulata
Trumpet Creeper * Campsis radicans
Variegated Bower Vine * Pandorea jasminoides Charisma
Virgin's Bower * Clematis ligusticifolia
Wax Vine * Hoya carnosa
Western Trumpet Honeysuckle * Lonicera ciliosa
White Chocolate Vine * Akebia quinata alba
White Passion Vine ~ Passiflora Constance Elliot
Winged Stem Passion Vine ~ Passiflora alata
Yellow Wonga Wonga Vine * Pandorea pandorana
Blue Wisteria
Purple Wisteria
Summer Wisteria
White Wisteria

Latin Names

Akebia quinata * Chocolate vine
Akebia quinata alba * White Chocolate Vine
Araujia sericifera * Bladder Vine, Cruel Vine, Moth Vine
Aristolochia gigantea * Pelican Flower
Aristolochia littoralis * Calico Flower
Aristolochia macroura
Bauhinia corymbosa * Phanera, Orchid Vine
Beaumontia grandiflora * Easter Lily Vine
Bignonia capreolata Tangerine Beauty * Cross Vine
Bougainvillea Barbara Karst
Bougainvillea Flame
Bougainvillea Rosenka
Campsis radicans * Trumpet Creeper
Clematis armandii * Evergreen clematis
Clematis lasiantha * Chaparral Clematis, Pipestems
Clematis ligusticifolia * Creek Clematis, Virgin's Bower
Clerodendrum thomsoniae * Bleeding Heart Vine
Clytostoma callistegioides * Lavender Trumpet Vine
Cobaea scandens * Cup and Saucer Vine
Dalechampia dioscoriefolia * Purple Wings
Distictis buccinatoria * Blood Red Trumpet Vine, Mexican Blood Vine
Distictis rivers * Royal Trumpet Vine
Dolichos lablab * Hyacinth Bean
Gelsemium sempervirens * Carolina Jessamine
Hibbertia scandens * Guinea Gold Vine
Hoya carnosa * Wax Vine
Ipomoea indica * Ocean Blue Morning Glory
Ipomoea jalapa * Jalap
Kennedia prostrata * Running Postman Vine
Lathyrus sativus azureus * Electric Blue Sweet Pea
Lonicera ciliosa * Orange Honeysuckle, Western Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera japonica * Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera japonica purpurea * Purple Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera subspicata denudata * Chaparral Honeysuckle
Jasminum angulare * South African Jasmine
Jasminum polyanthum * Pink Jasmine

Macfadyena unguis-catis * Cat's Claw Vine
Mandevilla 'Alice Du Pont' * Pink Allamanda
Mandevilla laxa * Chilean Jasmine
Mandevilla suaveolens * Chilean Jasmine
Mascagnia macroptera * Butterfly Vine
Millettia reticulata * Summer Wisteria
Pandorea jasminoides * Bower Vine
Pandorea jasminoides Charisma * Variegated Bower Vine
Pandorea pandorana * Yellow Wonga Wonga Vine
Parthenocissus tricuspidata * Boston Ivy, Japanese Creeper
Passiflora alata * Winged Stem Passion Vine
Passiflora citrina * Citrus Yellow Passion Vine
Passiflora Constance Elliot * Constance Elliot Passion Vine, White Passion Vine
Passiflora Coral Sea * Coral Sea Passion Vine
Passiflora edulis * Edible Passion Fruit
Passiflora Incense * Incense Passion Flower
Passiflora Lavender Lady * Lavender Lady Passion Vine
Passiflora sanguinolenta * Blood Red Passion Vine
Passiflora vitifolia Scarlet Flame * Red Granadilla, Scarlet Flame Passion Vine
Petrea volubilis * Sandpaper Vine, Queen's Wreath Vine, Purple Wreath Vine, Blue Bird Vine

Philadelphus mexicanus plena * Double Flowering Evergreen Mock Orange
Podranea ricasoliana * Port St. John's Creeper
Pyrostegia venusta * Flame Vine
Rubus ursinus * California Blackberry, Pacific Blackberry
Senecio confusus * Mexican Flame Vine
Solandra maxima * Cup of Gold Vine
Solanum jasminoides * Potato Vine
Solanum wendlandii * Giant Potato Creeper, Divorce Vine
Stephanotis floribunda * Madagascar Jasmine
Thunbergia African Sunset * African Sunset Black Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia alata * Black Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia alata Sunny Lemon Star * Yellow Black Eyed Susan Vine, Sunny Lemon Star Black Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia grandiflora * Blue Sky Flower
Thunbergia gregorii * Orange Clock Vine
Thunbergia mysorensis * Brick and Butter Vine
Vigna carracalla * Snail Vine
Vitis californica * California Wild Grape
Wisteria sinensis alba* White Chinese Wisteria
Wisteria sinensis blue * Blue Chinese Wisteria