Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus

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Alice

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Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« on: October 16, 2012, 05:15:10 PM »
I saw this plant today covering a wall dividing a garden from a supermarket car park.
It was impressive and covered in flowers.
Does anybody know what it is?
« Last Edit: December 06, 2012, 12:39:00 PM by Alisdair »
Amateur gardener who has gardened in north London and now gardens part of the year on the Cycladic island of Paros. Conditions: coastal, windy, annual rainfall 350mm, temp 0-35 degrees C.

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Miriam

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 05:38:17 PM »
It is Antigonon leptopus.
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Alice

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012, 06:08:35 PM »
Thank you, Miriam. I don't think I have ever encountered one before. I see that it is a native of Mexico (also known as Mexican Creeper or Coral Vine).
Does anyone have experience growing it?
Amateur gardener who has gardened in north London and now gardens part of the year on the Cycladic island of Paros. Conditions: coastal, windy, annual rainfall 350mm, temp 0-35 degrees C.

David Dickinson

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2021, 09:45:10 PM »
Can there ever be too much patience? I was beginning to think so and, if my Antigonon leptopus doesn't get a move on, it may suffer the consequences. I grew this from seed many years ago (2015?) - seed originally from Singapore - and every year after being cut to the ground by frost it starts to make its long journey to the top of some trellis. This year, and the only year so far, it has decided to produce flowers. 3 to be precise. I suppose it is a start but does anybody know if it usually takes so long to get to flowering maturity?

Although my patience is beginning to run out, I can rarely bear to part with a plant which is still showing any signs of life. Perhaps I need t toughen up a bit too??
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

Hilary

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2021, 08:35:35 AM »
David
You had me searching the maze, which is my computer files, looking for a reference to this plant, Antignon leptopus
I found the photo easily enough
Eventually I found the following post which I had sent in 2010 to my family and friends


7TH November 2010
This photo is from Rabat in Malta, where we were in July 2007.
I was thrilled to see this plant as we had seen it previously on Kitchener's Island, Aswan.
Its name in Egypt is LIBLAB, or something like that
In English it is Coral Vine.
Never seen it in Greece.
Hilary

I hope your plant produces more flowers next summer 

The photo does not want to go. I will see if it will go alone
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

David Dickinson

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2021, 09:04:13 AM »
Hi Hilary,

Thanks for doing some research for me. As for Liblab, there is a plant which I have grown as an annual called Lablab purpureous or Dolichos lablab. It is also a pink flowered vine and produces beautiful, glossy-purple seed pods.

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I used to grow this as an annual but gave up  because the larvae of the butterfly Cacyreus marshalli ate the beans. Below a posting of mine from 2012.

Having lost nearly all of my pelargoniums to Cacyreus marshalli a few years back I decided not to bother replacing them. Now the grubs are feasting on the seeds of Dolichos lablab by eating through the pod! Looks like I'll have to give up on this plant too :(
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Charithea

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2021, 12:48:38 PM »
David, please do not uproot yourAntigonon leptopus.  Since it flowered once it will flower again.  Mine has not flowered yet as far as I remember.  I got the seeds from the village where our daughter lives. I can date it by our granddaughter's age,  I used to pushes her in her buggy around the village and chat to the ladies who knew her. We used to get invited to see their gardens, get cuttings have drinks etc.  She is now 10 so my plant is at least 7/8 years old.  It dies down every winter and restarts in the Spring.  One morning I might be lucky!  I am unable to post the photo as it tells me an error occurred despite checking it twice.
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I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2021, 04:09:01 PM »
I was half hoping that somebody would write and say "There is more to life than Antigonon leptopus, just cut the ties and let go" I suppose, like the convicts on death row who receive copies of letters from Amnesty International, Signore leptopus owes his precarious life to the MGS emailing writing group pleading for clemency.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

Hilary

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2021, 05:12:56 PM »
I have had the " error occurred" message twice trying to send photos
The photos were well within  the 250 limit and the message came up immediately

Is there anyone out there who can look into this?
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Charithea

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Re: Unknown vigorous climber ID'd by Miriam as Antigonon leptopus
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2021, 08:21:52 AM »
I am trying to post a photo of my stubborn Antigonon leptopus .  It is climbing up on  a non producing olive tree.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.