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Care of the plant Distictis buccinatoria or Red Trumpet Vine.

Care of the plant Distictis buccinatoria or Red Trumpet Vine

The genus Distictis, family Bignoniaceae, comprises 28 species of climbing trees and shrubs native to tropical regions of America, especially Mexico and Brazil. Some species are: Distictis buccinatoria, Distictis laxiflora, Distictis riversii.

Common names: Mexican blood flower, Red Trumpet Vine. This species is native to Mexico.

They are climbing shrubs that reach 5 meters in height and have tendrils that branch. The leaves are evergreen, leathery in texture, opposite and oval in shape. The showy flowers are red or pink with a yellow center, funnel-shaped and appear in terminal clusters. They bloom in spring and early summer; sometimes they can also bloom in autumn.

They are used to cover walls, pergolas and columns.

Distictis buccinatoria needs full sun or semi-shadow exposure. They do not resist temperatures below 5ºC. They need supports to climb.

The soil must be well drained and contain compost or humus.

Water frequently but little water in summer; water occasionally the rest of the year. They resist drought very well.

Fertilize once a month with mineral fertilizer during the flowering season.

Prune after flowering to control growth.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by cuttings in summer or by layering in spring.

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Distictis buccinatoria
Distictis buccinatoria
Distictis buccinatoria
Distictis buccinatoria
 

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