By Debra Knapke
Yes, the flowers are that intense scarlet! The cypress vine is an annual vine that graces the garden in the late summer to mid-fall. It is shy about opening its blossoms on cloudy days, but a bright overcast day is enough to send it into a frenzy of bloom. All August and September I have watched a female hummingbird visit in the morning at lunch and at dusk. She has chased other hummers away; it seems she thinks this is her private stock of nectar.
I really do nothing to for the cypress vine other than guide the initial twining stems onto the various trellises I have scattered in my garden. It likes a moist soil initially – a challenge this summer – and a full sun exposure. After the first moderate to hard frost, the vine dies, but it leaves behind its legacy of seeds; lots and lots of seeds. I scatter them in my garden and share with others who want to enjoy this scarlet beauty.