A chance discovery bloomed into something great
- Red crossvine blooms attract hummingbirds
- The plant was discovered by Bob McCartney (Woodlanders Nursery) in the 1980s. The vine was found growing on a telephone pole on Williamsburg Street in Aiken, a day before the pole was set to be demolished!
- Southern Living profiled the plant, making it wildly popular
- Red crossvine adapts to most soil types and blooms mid-spring
- Cross-vine gets its name from the cross-shaped pattern on the inside (a.k.a. “pith”) of the stems
- Their shiny, dark green leaves turn reddish-purple in the fall/winter
- Red crossvine blooms have “holdfasts” (adhesive disks) at their tips, which allow them to grow on stone, bricks and fences without support