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Dalechampia dioscoreifolia - Purple Wings Vine

Dalechampia dioscoreifolia - Purple Wings Vine (Dalechampia dioscoreifolia - Purple Wings Vine)

This vine is growing too well. It's suppose to a slow grower; however, in San Diego's subtropical climate it grows very quickly. Photo taken July 15, 2013.

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It's native to Costa Rica. It was not common a few years, it can be purchased at most nurseries here in San Diego.

28 Jul, 2013


You're welcome. :>)

31 Jul, 2013


Wow, that's looking so good. Mine still looks nothing like this. It's just never taken off sadly. I've moved it a couple of times now, but that doesn't seem to have helped. I suppose the good news is that it's still living. Maybe I should move it to one of the new garden beds that are being built at the moment.

4 Aug, 2013



It's growing way too fast! I can barely keep it cut back...I think it grows about a foot (31cm) every day (not kidding).

I was actually going to pm to see if your vine was growing as quickly or quicker than mine. I've always read this vine is pretty manageable. This one is becoming very unmanageable.

Does your vine get full sun or partial sun? Mine gets only morning sun. I think in full sun my vine would grow even faster. Yikes!!!

4 Aug, 2013


Up to now mine has been potted and in partial sun, but it just hasn't been happy. I envy the growth rate you're getting from yours. That's just amazing. Mine is definitely slow-growing ... slower than snail pace!!

I'll still persist with trying to find the right spot for mine. I'm thinking that I might move it to a spot in the new garden bed beside the car shed where it grow in the ground and climb up a trellis we're thinking of putting up.

We'll see how it goes then.

4 Aug, 2013



That's so strange. I know this vine is native to tropical Costa Rica. It should grow very quickly in your tropical climate. Maybe if you plant it into the ground on a trellis, it'll grow much faster.

My vine, even in a one gallon size pot (which is small) covered half this trellis in a few months.

4 Aug, 2013


Maybe I got the naughty one, or the lazy one!! Lol!

4 Aug, 2013


I thinks so! lol! :>)

5 Aug, 2013


Looks fantastic .

28 Jul, 2017


Yes, it's an extremely fast grower.

29 Jul, 2017


It covers well to does nt it have you taken cuttings just incase.

29 Jul, 2017


It does set seed. I have one in a pot. It popped up in another plant last year. It growing extremely fast even in a small pot.

31 Jul, 2017


Thats great you found another seed of it. Where will you put it when it's bigger.

31 Jul, 2017


Not sure what I'm going to do with it. Lol! :>))

2 Aug, 2017


Lol Andy perhaps you could keep it small. Looking at google pictures in Jephson gardens there is a plant that looks simular to thus but I did nt see it when I went there they have a palm house there to.

2 Aug, 2017


I may sell it. lol!

4 Aug, 2017


Great idea you could put the money towards the plants you want then Ile that Pulmaria ?

5 Aug, 2017

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