Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute


November 4, 2020
How Vines Climb

Vines are underutilized plants in our landscapes. Learn how these amazing plants move UP in the world.

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Vines are a great accent for a Florida-Friendly landscape. They can be split into three types based on how they climb: twining, clinging, or sprawling.

Twining vines like Confederate jasmine and coral honeysuckle simply twist their stems around upright supports. They may need a little help from you if you want them grow along fences or trellises.

Clinging vines on the other hand use specialized organs to hold onto structures. Grape vines and crossvines use grasping tendrils, while English ivy and creeping fig have adhesive rootlets.

Finally, sprawling vines like Bougainvillea are just long stems with no means of attachment but you can train them to grow up a trellis.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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