Rangoon Creeper

Quisqualis indica

The unique flowers of Rangoon creeper emerge white, change to pink and then deep red, with a delightfully sweet fragrance.

Rangoon creeper vine hanging from a carport roof

Most flowers fade in color - this unique vine's blossoms do just the opposite, with all colors present at the same time for a stunning display.

The foliage itself is also very attractive - bright green elongated leaves fill in to form dense lush greenery covered with flowers.

This is a really big vine with a wide "wingspan" that requires room to grow and strong support.

It's ideal for a pergola because of the cascading blooms, graceful drooping branches, and the light but heavenly scent of the blossoms.

Quisqualis translated from the Latin name means, "What is that?" - a good description of what your friends, family and passersby will exclaim when the beauty of this vine comes into its full glory in summertime.

Plant specs & spacing

Grow Rangoon creeper in full sun to part shade in Zone 10. The vine may lose some leaves during a cold winter but generally bounces back in spring.

This is a fast grower that can thrive in full sun to part shade.

In rows to cover a fence, place plants 4 to 5 feet apart.

Allow at least 4 feet between the vine and the nearest large shrub or tree. Low growing plants can go close to the base of the vine once it reaches enough height to give them some clearance and light.

Flowers in red, pink and white

Plant care

Add top soil or organic peat moss to the hole when you plant.

You can also add in composted cow manure to enrich the soil around the plant's rootball.

Cut back hard in early spring - late March.

Water on a regular basis, with a bit of time between waterings for the soil to dry out.

Fertilize twice a year - in spring and fall - with a top quality granular fertilizer. Supplement feedings if you like with bone meal and/or liquid fertilizer to encourage heavier bloom.

A.K.A. (also known as): Drunken Sailor, Chinese Honeysuckle


LANDSCAPE USES: pergola, large arbor or trellis, fence, lattice enclosure for a carport or patio, trained along the roof line of an overhang, arch over a driveway

Other vines you might like: Bleeding Heart, Coral Honeysuckle

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