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Lophospermum erubescens

This has had a variety of names in the past; I first grew it as Asarina erubescens then Maurandya erubescens. Its a useful climber in that its easy to raise from seed (which it produces in copious quantities) the pink flowers are like fox gloves and appear all Summer and Autumn, Lophospermum erubescens will climb to about 10' using its leaf stems to attach, it has a tuberous root system to which it dies back in winter if cold. It is this tuber that can rot in winter, I have found putting a small shelter over the base of the plant all that is required to keep it through the winter. (min -5c, ground must not freeze)

Lophospermum erubescens

 

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