Coral Vine or Mexican Creeper - Antigonon leptopus
10 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
This fast growing climber can grow over walls, pergolas, trellises or up through shrubs and other climbers. It is a hardy deciduous plant, with its heart shaped leaves turning a beautiful rosy bronze as the weather gets colder, before dropping to the ground. The vine regenerates the following Spring from its tuberous root.
The hot pink clusters of dainty flowers are a magnet for butterflies and other pollinators and will flower for many months, only finishing as Winter approaches.
The Coral Vine prefers full to part sun and once established, just needs a good drink in the Summer heat.
Sow the seeds in Spring when the weather warms and the danger of frost is over. The seeds are placed in moist soil, barely covering them. During the period of germination, the soil should be kept moist but not water logged.
Germination takes about 21 – 30 days.
- Leaves and pink flowers are often eaten as cooked vegetables in Thailand.
- In Thailand, the leaves and flowers are dipped in flour, fried and served with vermicelli.
- The flowers are also mixed into omelets.
- Herbal teas are made from the leaves and blossoms.
- Small tubers are edible and are valued in its native area for the nut like flavor.
- Tuberous roots are edible and are consumed by the local populations in famine periods.
- In different countries, all or part of the plant is used for medicinal purposes.
Note: This is a vigorous vine and can become an environmental weed in sub-tropical and tropical areas.