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Mascagnia macroptera /Butterfly Vine

Mascagnia macroptera  / Mascagnia macroptera
Vine with flowers and butterfly-shaped seed pods
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Vine with flowers and butterfly-shaped seed pods

Butterfly-shaped immature seed pods

Cluster of seed pods at varying stages of maturity

Typical vine in mid to late summer

Close-up of vine in flower

Vine in heavy foliage with a few flowers and seed pods

Striking flowers on a mature vine

Panels of butterfly vine in a Baton Rouge garden

Seed pods in shape of butterflies

Panicles of flowers

Close-up image of flowers

Dried seed pod, fresh green seed pods, and an abundance of flowers

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Scientific Name: Mascagnia macroptera
Common Name: Butterfly Vine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Evergreen vine that is root hardy in zone 8b, has lived there for over 40 years. Has seed pods that look like chartreuse butterflies, which dry to a rich brown and are used in indoor arrangements. Used on trellises, fences, in hanging baskets and as a contaner plant. Mulch the root system when temperatures drop below 25 degrees F.