October 6, 2022

Provides a stunning display of the bright pink clusters

What a perfect name for this beautiful late summer blooming vine. The elegant Antigonon leptopus or Queen’s Wreath (also called Coral Vine) is one of those show-stopping plants that has likely caused near automobile accidents with their stunning display of the bright pink clusters.

The rich, green, heart-shaped leaves seem to luxuriate in the excessive summer heat and provide a striking backdrop to the pink blooms. This Mexico native self-climbs by means of tendrils and quickly covers trellises or arbors, providing welcome shade to your landscape in summer. While Queen’s Wreath can flower intermittently, it blooms heaviest in mid or late summer into fall.

Queen's Wreath on trellis
Queen’s Wreath quickly covers trellises or arbors providing welcome shade to your landscape in summer.
Queen's Wreath Vine flowers
Queen’s Wreath tolerates heat and adds amazing late summer color to your landscape.

When this plant is in full bloom, it attracts many pollinators including bees. Keep in mind that bees are rarely a threat when they are foraging for nectar, and that we need to support pollinators for the health of our local ecosystems. As an added bonus, the flower clusters, which are tipped with a curling tendril, are stunning in flower arrangements.

This vine thrives on full sun and heat

The established vines are drought tolerant and perform well by soaking the root zone every three to four weeks in summer. Provide a trellis, arbor or other structure to support the vine. The vine dies back to the ground when temperatures drop below freezing, but rapid regrowth occurs in the spring. Because of this, plant in a location where you are looking for summer shade but winter sun. See more details about Queen’s Wreath at the Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert website.

While most Queen’s Wreath are a light shade of pink, there is a dark pink, almost red, selection sold as “Baja Red.” You may also occasionally find a white flowering form.

Did you know that up to 70% of water use is outdoors? That’s why we love desert plants and feature them each month. Fall is a great time to plant. Learn more about Queen’s Wreath and other plants by visiting our Choosing and Planting Low Water-Use Plants page.

Donna DiFrancesco is a Conservation Coordinator with the City of Mesa, AZ, one of eighteen Water – Use It Wisely partners to offer water-saving advice and programs. Photos by Donna DiFrancesco.