Botanical Name: Mascagnia lilacaena
Common Name: Lilac Orchid Vine  
Plant photo of: Mascagnia lilacaena
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Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover, Vine


Height Range



Flower Color

Purple, Violet


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Patio, Raised Planter, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Cut Flowers, Topiary, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Mary Irish
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

A semievergreen vine that can reach up to 15' fairly rapidly. It only needs something to twine upon. Small lavender flowers appear during summer months. Accepts full sun or part shade. Will usually cluster at the top of the trellis. Small hairs on the foliage may cause irritation. Can be evergreen in warm areas. Native to Mexico.
Frost tolerant to 25 F.