Red Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Atrosanguinea’)

April 2022
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
MaryAnne Campbell

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