Here we have the light-bright-powerful-might of yellow in a fashionable flower form. From Mexico comes the orchid-like optimism of Callaeum macropterum commonly referred to as the Yellow Orchid Vine or Butterfly Vine. This twining vine has the hots for some heat. It blooms in abundance when the temps hit their seasonal highs and the butterflies go crazy for it!
This deciduous vine can reach up to 20 feet long with support. Without support, it tends to take on a more shrub-like form that can grow up to 6 feet tall and wide. In spring it begins to produce lemon drop flower buds that unfurl into orchid-like blooms. It continues to flower well into autumn. Once the flowers fade, winged origami-like seeds pods resembling butterflies made of crepe paper form to take their place. It's like a performance art piece taking place in the garden. In order to insure a memorable performance give Callaeum macropterum full sun, well-draining soil, and regular to low water. Hardy to 25 degrees fahrenheit/ -4 celsius. If you're into the idea of something fast growing, cheerfully bright, looking like a work of art, consider Calleum macropterum and watch it beam gleams of lemony luscious luminosity into your life.