water conservation arizona landscape plants
Low Water Vines

Vines can add a vertical dimension to our landscapes. View selection and design information for vines.

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Common Name: Queen's Wreath
Botanical Name: Antigonon leptopus


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Mature Size: 15' h x 15' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Bright pink or white clusters.
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: >30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: seasonal
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Good for hot areas. Dies back with cold, regrows in spring.
Native to: Mexico
Look for selections with white or red flowers.
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Bougainvillea
Botanical Name: Bougainvillea spectabilis


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Mature Size: 15' h x 20' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Many bright colors
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: year-round in frost free weather
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: high
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: large
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Accepts hot exposures. Shrub forms are available.
May be sold as B. brasiliensis.
Native to: Brazil
Selections available in a wide range of flower colors, sizes, and forms.
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Grape Ivy
Botanical Name: Cissus trifoliata


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Mature Size: 15' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun, partial sun, shade plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Allowing it to climb in trees provides an interesting effect.
Native to: Mexico, southwest U.S.
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Lilac Vine
Botanical Name: Hardenbergia violacea


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Mature Size: 15' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Purple clusters
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: winter to spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Winter color. Needs well-drained soil.
Native to: Australia
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Primrose Jasmine
Botanical Name: Jasminum mesnyi


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Mature Size: 10' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: yellow
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late winter to spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Works well as an informal screen.
Native to: China, western China
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Cat Claw Vine
Botanical Name: Macfadyena unguis-cati


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Mature Size: 25' h x 15' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Large yellow trumpetlike
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: high
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Provides fast cover but can damage walls and fences.
Native to: Central and South America
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Yellow Orchid Vine
Botanical Name: Mascagnia macroptera


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Mature Size: 15' h x 15' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late spring to early summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: seasonal
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Flowers followed by large chartreuse paperlike pods.
Recently reclassified as Callaeum macropterum.
Native to: Mexico
Also try M. lilacina for purple flowers.
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Yuca Vine
Botanical Name: Merremia aurea


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Mature Size: 10' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Large, bright yellow
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: seasonal
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Summer color. Dies back with winter cold, regrows in spring.
Native to: Baja California, southern Baja California
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Baja Passion Vine
Botanical Name: Passiflora foetida v. longipedunculata


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Mature Size: 10' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White and purple, showy
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Striking flowers. Attracts the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.
Native to: Baja California
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Pink Trumpet Vine
Botanical Name: Podranea ricasoliana


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Mature Size: 20' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Showy pink clusters
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late summer to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: seasonal
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Lightly fragrant flowers. Can be confused with Pandorea species.
Native to: Africa, South Africa
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Lady Banks' Rose
Botanical Name: Rosa banksiae


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Mature Size: 20' h x 15' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White or pale yellow clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Requires little maintenance.
Native to: China
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Potato Vine
Botanical Name: Solanum jasminoides


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Mature Size: 30' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: white
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: year-round in frost free weather
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: purple-green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: twining low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Other Features: Grow on overhead structure for summer shade.
Native to: Brazil
Plant Type: vine
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Common Name: Cape Honeysuckle
Botanical Name: Tecomaria capensis


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Mature Size: 6' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Vivid orange-red
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: year-round in frost free weather
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: With support can be trained as a vine. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Africa, South Africa
Plant Type: shrub, vine
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