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Date Photo Taken: September, 17, 2010
Location: Lexington, SC
Posted By: DarlinDiva


I recently purchased this beautiful flowering plant from a local Big Box Garden store. They had just put them on sale, and none of them had plant identification tags attached. The garden center employees didn’t have a clue what it’s name was, or anything regarding it’s care and preferences. Can anyone identify this plant? Thank you in advance for your help~!


  1. Virginia Unregistered says:

    Your plant is called Cape Honeysuckle. It comes from Africa. where it is a sprawling vine-like evergreen shrub. It’s bloomtime is Autumn and Winter. It is evergreen in warm climates but looses its leaves in colder climates. It likes semi-shade to full sun and is hardy to 28 degrees. Hummingbirds love this plant. It is hardy zones 8-11.

    September 19th, 2010 at 1:00 pm
  2. Virginia Unregistered says:

    Cape Honeysuckle:Tecomaria capensis-Your plant comes from South Africa, it likes full to partial sunlight and is hardy in zones 8 to 11. It has a sprawling irredular growth habit of 6 to ten feet and is very showy with its orange flowers. Hummingbirds love this attractive but informal shrub. I hve gown this plant in the Louisiana/Mississippi area and it has done well. I am not sure here (N. Georgia) as it is hardy to about 28F.

    September 19th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  3. John Unregistered says:

    Looks like Cape Honeysuckle….

    September 19th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
  4. DarlinDiva Registered says:

    I really appreciate your input. I’m located right in between zones 7b and 8a. Should I chance planting the Cape Honeysuckle into the ground and treat it as a perennial, or keep it potted and overwinter it in my greenhouse?

    September 19th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
  5. Virginia Unregistered says:

    Hi DarlinDiva, I would be concerned about putting it in the ground. We do get below freezing, however if you can get a piece with a root on it and plant it now it would have a good start before winter. Next spring you may have a new show off in your garden!

    September 20th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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