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Photo by Professor Gerald D. Carr.

The flowers by Jonathan Amith,

Author:  W.J. Hooker & G.A.W. Arnott, 1838
Origin:  Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua (And now: the rest of the warmer part of the world)
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  10 Meters
Flower:  White - Reddish - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Mexican Creeper, Mountain Rose, Confederate Vine, Chain-of-Love, Hearts on a Chain, Love-Vine, Coral Bells, Coral Vine, Queen's Jewels, Queen’s Wreath
Synonyms:  Corculum leptopus, Stuntz, 1913.
Antigonon cinerascens M. Martens & Galeotti, 1843.
Antigonon cordatum
M. Martens & Galeotti, 1843.
Antigonon platypus
Hook. & Arn. 1838.
Corculum leptopus var. album, Stuntz.
Polygonum cirrhosum, Moc. & Sessé ex Meisn.

This member of the Polygonaceae family was described by William Jackson Hooker and George Arnott Walker Arnott in 1838. It was originally found in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Now, it have been successful introduced to the rest of the warmer part of the world. It grows in most kinds of soil, but preferring a well drained soil. It needs some water and lots of sun. The swollen parts of the roots can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the vines will grow for up to ten meters. The flowers are from white over reddish to pink.

The genera name means 'instead of' as it was not in the supposed family. The genera name means 'thin fruits'.


Photo by Forest and Kim Starr, USGS.