Spanish flag

Mina lobata

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Spanish flag (Mina lobata)
Synonyms:  Ipomoea versicolor
Sprays of long, tubular buds spark into a fiery scarlet and fade to a pale cream on this annual climbing vine. A single flower holds tints of yellow, warm pink, orange, and red as if a watercolorist had laid down colors one layer at a time. As the bud matures, the colors wash away, leaving a pale blossom pushed open at the tip by protruding anthers. From a distance, the plant seems to be covered in hundreds of brightly lit candles. This vine also produces rich, bronzy-purple new growth which ages to a lovely deep green. The heavily indented, trilobed leaves resemble a hawk's strong wings, giving the plant the look of birds in flight. The foliage stays intact and healthy until frost. The bottom of the vine sheds its leaves as the season progresses, so disguising its bare base behind lower-growing plants is a must.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Long, colorful sprays of flowers in autumn.
Care:  Full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile soil in a sheltered location. Provide support.
Propagation:  Chip seeds or soak in water for 24 hours and then sow singly at 64°F.
Problems:  White blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Salmon,
Red,
White,
Yellow
Uses
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Annuals

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