Crossvine Bignonia capreolata
Catalpa family — Bignoniaceae
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This attractive woody vine is native to the forests of East Texas, but it is also cultivated and escapes in other parts of the state. It grows in a few canyons of the Edwards Plateau--whether native there or escaped from cultivation is not entirely clear. The flower color is variable--sometimes obviously two-toned red and yellow, sometimes all orange or red, sometimes other variations. Its common names derive from the fact that the stem, when cut perpendicularly across, shows a cross pattern in the cut that divides the stem into quarters. It blooms in the spring or early summer.
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Flowering Months: March, April, May, June, July
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