Rhodochiton atrosanguineum or Purple Bell Vine is a creeper with rapid growth, beautiful green heart-shaped leaves and bell-shaped purple flowers.
Flowering occurs from late summer until the first frost.
In the tropics, the plant is persistent, it is also grown as an annual.
The stems rise up to 3 m high.
The leaves are heart-shaped, up to 5 cm long, pale green and slightly lobed. Petioles wrap around support.
The black flowers are long and tubular, surrounded by a cup-shaped pink calyx. The corolla is 4.5 cm long.
The fruit is a white capsule with four lobes.
Purple Bell Vine
Lophospermum atrosanguineum, Maurandia atrosanguineum, Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, Rhodochiton volubile
Rhodochiton: from the Greek roz or ροζ (pink) and chiton (tunic)
Atrosanguineum: from the Latin atro (black) and sanguineum (bloody)
Along temperate rainforest, climbing on bushes and low branches of trees
USDA zone 10-11, 0 °C
Rich and well drained
In the ground: add humus to the soil in spring.
In pot, universal liquid fertilizer every two weeks.
Seedlings, cuttings of herbaceous stems
- sow in a light mix
- wrap the pot in a plastic bag to prevent evaporation of water
- temperature: 15-18 °C
- germination time: 12-40 days (depending on freshness of the seeds)