There isn't much blooming in my garden right now but my 'Cypress Vine' is still going strong. In the garden this year I planted this flowering vine in two spots where it could climb and flower and provide a little bit of privacy. If you've been here before you may already have seen the red 'Cypress Vine' flower on this gardening blog, but the pink and white flowers have just started to put on their display. Ipomoea quamoclit is the botanical name for 'Cypress Vine.' The more common name is often also assigned, incorrectly, to 'Cardinal Climber.'
These 'Cypress Vine' seeds were sold as a mix and I was worried I hadn't saved any seeds from the pink and white vines last year. The red 'Cypress Vine' is easier to come across than the pink or white 'Cypress Vine' seeds separated. I'll make sure to save seeds from the pink and white blooms because I didn't see the mix available for sale this year.
This climbing vine is an excellent source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. Unfortunately in my garden I've never seen a hummingbird and the vines started to really bloom after the last of the butterflies had been spotted in my garden. If you're planning on growing this make sure to keep after the seeds because 'Cypress Vine' has escaped cultivation and grows wild throughout a lot of the eastern United States. From my reading it isn't causing too much concern in colder climates, but is a plant that can become a nuisance in warmer climates.
If you're looking to buy 'Cypress Vine' seeds on-line the Park Seed Company has them for sale. I purchased my seed mix two years back at Target under the Sean Conway label in the garden section. You can also find the red flowering 'Cypress Vine' seeds easily for trade on GardenWeb. If you're looking to collect seeds for the first time read the previous post: When I Collect Cypress Vine Seeds. 'Cypress Vine' is also regularly mistaken for 'Cardinal Climber' vine but they are two different plants.