The humid subtropical climate of Houston may make air conditioners a must-have; however, the upside is the number of unique and exotic plants that will grow naturally in our landscapes.
Earlier, we discussed clumping bamboo as a good choice for natural and attractive screening that will grow quickly. Another option for screening unsightly areas are vines and one of the most beautiful and unique of the vines available to grown in our area is the Rangoon Creeper Vine.
The Rangoon Creeper, Quisqualis indica, is a native plant of Asia where in addition to the beauty it adds to the garden, it is also prized for its medicinal purposes.
The most unique aspect of the vine is the flowering habit. White when they first bloom, the flowers turn to a dark pink as they mature and finally a dark red.
The Rangoon is a profuse bloomer beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer. The flowers are 4 to 5 inch star shaped blossoms in clusters that are very fragrant. The plant can be used to climb walls and trellises and trained to arch over structures.
As a tender perennial cold hard in zones 10 and 11, the plants do require some protection during cold snaps that sometimes occur in Houston’s zone 9. Colder winters may see some defoliation in the plant, but if the roots are protect, it will come back as a perennial.