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Delilah Onofrey
Photographs Suntory

Looking for something unique that is easy to maintain? Try Lofos lophospermum, a gorgeous flowering vine bred by Suntory Flowers. Beautiful trumpet flowers cascade from elegant foliage that resembles grape leaves. Plants will reach a length of seven feet, creating a stunning display.

Originating from the Mexican mountains, lophospermum is a genus of eight species and is deciduous and evergreen – perennial climbers and shrubs from the slopes of North and Central America. Foliage is triangular and plants produce tubular to funnel-shaped flowers in shades of white and purple.

Lofos is grown as an annual and is well suited to planting hanging baskets and window boxes or guided up trellises. Make an elegant statement by placing on top of Greek columns. This marvelous vine blooms early, continuing most of the year until frost. Lofos comes in two captivating colors, Wine Red and White. Plants are vigorous and self-cleaning. No deadheading required.

If the plant gets too long, just wrap the tendrils in on the plant. You will not want to trim the vines because that is where the new flowers will bloom. Lofos blooms from the top to the end of the vines.

Starting next year, gardeners will have a new form of Lofos to try called Lofos Compact. The difference is the plants reach a length of only 2 feet and produce more flowers on the top of the plant. Flowers are smaller but greater in number. Think of Lofos Compact as Lofos’ little sister. These plants will debut in Spring 2014 in Compact White and Compact Rose.

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Posted July 12, 2013

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