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Cypress Vine, Red

Short Description

Slender twining vine with delicate ferny threadlike leaves climbs to 15 ft.

Full Description

Treasures for a trellis, these early-blooming, twining vines are festooned with red trumpet stars and light, feathery foliage. A hummingbird magnet and easy to grow.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

180 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

72-96 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Trellis or Lattice

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Cypress Vine seed has a hard seed coat. To aid germination, nick or cut the seed coat with a nail file and soak the seed overnight.
  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun two weeks after danger of frost has passed.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth. Cypress vine requires a support such as a trellis or pergola, be sure to have this in place before planting.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds thinly and cover with 1/2 inch of soil.
  • Firm soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-21 days.
  • Thin plants to stand 10 inches apart when plants are 1 to inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Plants can self-sow so allow some to set seeds.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by heavy frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Cypress wines needs little care and is easy to grow.
  • Consider intertwining cypress vine with other annual vines such as thunbergia.
Full Sun
180 inches
72-96 inches
Ornamental Use
Trellis or Lattice
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Red, White
Cypress Vine, Red is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A vigorous vine, doesn't tolerate severe drought Probably would not buy again, was disappointed. I planted these in both a pot that gets direct sun and not much water, and in a flower bed between my vegetable garden beds. I would not recommend either. The pot was so dry that the vine failed to take off. The other one between the beds was so vigorous, it attached itself to my tomato plants and pulled them down. Slow to produce flowers (90 days post planting) and was a bit underwhelming.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy, beautiful & deer-resistant I seeded several of these in the front garden last spring. I used a cuticle trimmer to nick the pointier end of the seeds. The seeds sprouted quickly with about a 90% germination rate and climbed up a mesh trellis attached to the roofline. The vines produced an abundance of beautiful red quarter-sized flowers. Though it reached the roof in only a couple months, it didn't take over the entire area the way flowering vines tend to do. Most importantly, the deer frequently came by and chomped on the cosmos and some of the other flowers in that bed, but they completed ignored the cypress vine. By comparison, they ate the morning glories down to the roots, so this year, I'll be planting cypress vine on the fence line. Last summer, we had a severe drought. I watered the front bed regularly; the cypress vine seemed to tolerate the heat extremely well and never showed any significant signs of fatigue. In late fall, I noticed new little cypress vines were popping up at the base of the original vines, however, due to the onset of winter, all of them died due to the cold. Also, I seeded some of these indoors a month ago and most of them died when I transplanted them into pots; these really do prefer to be seeded in the ground.
Date published: 2016-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect 5-pointed stars! These were the first of my seeds to sprout this year! I did as the directions asked, nicking and soaking the seeds overnight. The plants are absolutely covered with these beautiful 5-pointed vibrant red stars. I only wish that the flowers lasted longer, mine wilt after a day or two. There are many more that take their place though, so it's nothing that truly takes from the enjoyment we receive from the plants. Overall I absolutely adore them and I'd love to grow them again next year.
Date published: 2011-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Very easy! Carefree! I love climbing bloomers and had used morning glories on my fence in the past. But the Japanese Beetles feast on them making their leaves a mess and living on a lake I wont use pesticides! Last year I tried this cardinal vine as we call it and WOW! I nicked the seeds and soaked them then planted in the ground. Just about all my seeds sprouted and boy do they climb! Very intense red flowers that are hardier than they look. Best thing was no bug troubles! I have orderede even more seeds this year! Love it!
Date published: 2009-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cardinal Climber I have grown this vine for years. My daughter in law brought me one single vine and I planted it beside my chain link fence. It bloomed that summer and every year after that. Because I live in Fl. it spreads it's own seeds and comes up every year thicker and more beautiful then the year before. It's like a sprinkle of lush red flowers dotting a blanket of green feathery foliage draping over my fence. It's just beautiful.
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crowns of Glory The vines enthwine to form beautiful crowns of delicate bright flowers.I planted these last year near a fence and they grew and grew with so many flowers it was a spectacular sight. I will grow them again this year. The actual plant will exceed your expectations...the pictures don't do it justice. I'm still amazed at God's beauty.
Date published: 2008-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cardinal Climber I dragged a nail file accross the seeds which I had purchased from Burpee a couple of times and soaked them in water for approximately 18 hours. I then sowed the seeds in a seed starter complete with heating pad and growlux lights. I inserted one seed per pellet which had been soaking under the heating pad for one day. The next day (Monday) to my surprise approximately 12 seeds had germinated by that evening. By Tuesday there were approximately 31 germinated seeds ranging in height from one half inch to two inches to almost three inches. The vast majority were between 2 & 3 inches. So I removed the plastic cover Tuesday evening. I wasn't anticipating germination to occur so fast. If they keep growing at this rate all I have to say is thank God I have a cathedral ceiling because Spring is far off but on the plus side the humming birds may have some climbers in bloom when they arrive.
Date published: 2007-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a beauty! I love this vine! It's a great performer and I've never had any trouble with bugs. Even in our summers which can be very hot and sometimes dry it does well. It is difficult to see how beautiful the frilly, fern-like foliage is and it would be worth growing just for that. But then these beautiful, delicate scarlet red flowers appear and "Wow!" The only trouble I've ever had with it is finding enough trellis for it to grow on!
Date published: 2006-09-01
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