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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.

Mexican Flame Vine

S. confusus


Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Mexican Flame Vine

Botanical Name:  Senecio confusus syn. Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides

Family:  Asteraceae

Plant Type:  Moderately bushy, evergreen twining climber

Origin: Mexico to Honduras

Zones: 9 - 11, suffers below 45F

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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