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Pandorea pandorana ssp. pandorana

Wonga Vine

Vigorous climber, longitudinal ridges on branches.

Additional information

  • FamilyBignoniaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • SizeClimber to 6 m+
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesPairs of glossy dark green leaves divided into pairs of leaflets. Juvenile leaves 2-8 cm long, 8-17 small bluntly toothed leaflets; adult - 8-16 cm long, 3-9 egg-shaped leaflets 2.5-8 cm x 5-30 mm, longer terminal leaflet, tip tapering to a point.
  • Flower colourCream with maroon markings
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersLong weeping sprays of tubular flowers, maroon markings in throat and on lobes, hairy inside, lobes spreading.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nestinging
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet draining soils in moist to wet gullies and forests, or occasionally rocky exposed sites. Tolerant of light frosts. Full sun, semi-shade to dappled shade. While the canopy is in the sun, the roots will be in cool, moist soil.
  • Garden useExcellent vigorous climber for a strong trellis or to grow up established trees. Roots need to be well mulched or kept cool. Other commercially available colour forms are not local to the Shire.
  • Commercially availableGenerally. Plants in general nurseries rarely local.
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Chris Clarke NatureShare ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 Sue Guymer NatureShare ©

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