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Bignonia capreolata


The Cross Vine of the southern United States belongs to the order Bignoniaceae, and was introduced in 1710. It is the hardiest of the Bignonias, and thrives and flowers well on a south wall at Kew. It is a climber, and makes slender shoots which rise to a height of 20 feet or more.

Two oblong deciduous leaflets and a tendril are borne from each leafstalk. The flowers are tubular, orange brown, 3 to 4 inches long, and borne in summer. It succeeds in light soils, and is increased by cuttings.