a sweet, twining snapper

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Snapdragon Vine
Maurandya antirrhiniflora
Scrophulariaceae

  • diminutive vine, twining up about 3+ feet 

  • PURPLE or pink FLOWERS, april - october (often in response to rain or water)

  • regular to moderate water (lower to terrace zone)

  • FULL to part SUN

  • foliage freezes at ABOUT 25°F but root hardy

  • LARVAL FOOD FOR common buckeye butterfly, loved by nectar feeding organism and the desert tortoise. 

This sweet little vine is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico on rocky slopes, usually among shrubs, in limestone soils and in moist soils along canyons, from 1,500-6,000 ft in elevation. 

This is an accent plant--it doesn't really get that large (part of its charm) and can be grown up the base of any leggy shrub you might have in the landscape. In mild winters and protected microclimates it will be evergreen, but often will get nipped by the cold (mid 20s°F). No worries, it is very root-hardy and will come back in spring. April through October lovely little snapdragon-like flowers emerge--flowers range in color from light reddish/pink to blueish/lavender. 

This plant is loved by many creatures: desert tortoises love the foliage and flowers, hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies love the flowers, and it is the larval host plant for the common buckeye butterfly. 

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Katherine Gierlach