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Purple Wings
Scientific Name: Dalechampia dioscoreifolia Poepp. & Endl.
Synonym:
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Loses its leave with any frost, may recover from frost down to 20 to 25°F (-7 to -4°C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Costa Rica to Peru

Growth Habits: Evergreen twining vine, fast growing up to 15 feet tall (4.5 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water, needs good drainage, prefers a warm, humid environment

Propagation: Cuttings


The genus honors Jacques Daléchamps, a 16th century French physician and botanist.
This species is occasionally misspelled dioscoraefolia.

Blooming Habits:
The Dalechampia dioscoreifolia bears tiny greenish yellow flowers between 2 showy bracts. In subtropical climates, the plant blooms heavier in late summer. The plants in cultivation have generally been selected for their bright pink bracts, 2 to 3 inches long (5-7.5 cm). In the wild, many plants have white bracts with pink veins.

Fruiting Habits:
Green fruits


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