Today, while scouting for another project, my amazing friend Joel pointed something out to me. When I turned to check it out I almost melted from the sheer heat and brilliance of the blossoms on a vine that I see periodically. You know what I'm talking about...Pseudogynoxys chenopodiodes. You're saying "Oh yeah, of course" possibly mumbling to yourself "what is the Plant Provocateur going on about now?" Well, the vine in question is commonly referred to as the Mexican Flame-Vine or as it also called, Senecio confuses. When this vine blooms its a show stopper. Brilliant scarlet to orange blossoms burst into hypothetical flame. The look is hot, we're talking muy caliente hot. Sizzlin' hot. Smokin' hot. You name it.
This vine comes to us from Mexico to Colombia and you will want to it growin' on in your garden. The Mexican Flame-Vine can grow as long as 10-20 feet covered with light green toothy leaves edged and veined with plush purple color. So here's the deal...it's a perennial, evergreen climbing vine that blooms in spring, summer, and winter. After blooming, its flowers fade into cottony clouds of seed heads.
Give it full to part sun, regular water, and good old fertile, well-draining soil. In return, it will cover itself with botanical blossoming bonfires that set a seduction in motion, so hot, so sultry, the birds (hummingbirds), the bees, and the butterflies will not be able to resist. They'll go mad for it!