Bignonia capreolata var. atrosanguinea

Red Cross Vine

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Cross Vine is a woody vine that grows to 50 feet or so with compound, semi-evergreen leaves and very showy summer flowers. It is common throughout the east. It winds its way up trees and telephone poles, and over rocks, and holds on by twining and by tendrils that can dig into tree bark. The typical wild type has clusters of 2 inch, red, tubular flowers with widely flaring lobes or lips that are yellow inside. They are very showy and fragrant and hummingbirds love them. This form has entirely reddish maroon flowers - no yellow. Leaves turn reddish purple in the fall. In the south, they are evergreen, otherwise they will loose some leaves when it gets very cold. Grow in full sun and average to moist soil. Plants do not generally get overbearing so a super strength support is not necessary. Flowering is on old wood, thus any pruning is best done shortly after flowering.



Showy Berry Fruit

Hummingbird Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow


Semi Evergreen

Plant Type

Wildflower, Vine Perennial

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny

Soil Condition

Average, Clay

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


36 or taller


Flower Color

Red, scarlet

Bloom Time

Mid summer, Early summer

Typical Height




Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9