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Mexican Flame Vine or Senecio confusus syn. Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides is a moderately bushy, evergreen twining climber. The plant is native from Mexico to Honduras. Of the family Asteraceae they are cultivated for their brightly colored orange flowers. Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds find this plant very attractive.
Common Name: Mexican Flame Vine
Botanical Name: Senecio confusus syn. Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides
Plant Type: Moderately bushy, evergreen twining climber
Origin: Mexico to Honduras
Zones: 9 - 11, suffers below 45°F
Height: 20' or longer
Rate of Growth: Medium
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Soil Requirements: Moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Water Requirements: Moderate, water sparingly when not actively growing
Nutritional Requirements: Balanced, half-strength liquid fertilizer monthly
Light Requirements: Full sun
Form: Twining vine
Leaves: Mid-green to 3" long, narrowly ovate, thick, toothed
Flowers: Fragrant 2" across, bright orange fading to to red. Profusely borne in small, axillary and terminal corymbs mainly during the summer.
Fruits: None of interest
Pests or diseases: None major
Uses: Vine, great butterfly garden plant
Bad Habits: None
Cost: $$ -- reasonable
Propagation: Seeds; softwood cuttings early summer, semi-ripe cuttings in mid- or late summer
Sources: A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
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