Common Name: Coral Vine
Coral vine is a very fast growing plant that produces large clusters of pink flowers and is often cultivated as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical areas[
]. A herbaceous climbing plant, it supports itself by means of tendrils[
Widely grown as an ornamental, where it can be used as a ground cover, the plant is also sometimes harvested for its edible root and leaves.
Central America, north to Mexico.
Damp thickets and hedges at elevations up to 1,500 metres in Guatemala[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position[
]. A soil that is too rich in nitrogen will result in rank growth and poor flowering[
The plant is a prolific seed producer, the seeds being spread by water and wild animals. It often escapes from cultivation. It grows well in disturbed areas and is well adapted to dry coral cliffs and their derived soils. It tolerates drought by defoliation and regrows strongly after rain. It can completely smother native plants in the wet season, out-competing vines and understorey plants. Leaves dry out and drop during the dry season providing fuel for damaging fires[
The tuberous root can be cooked and eaten[
]. It has a nut-like flavour[
]. The roots bear tubers that are usually small, but sometimes can weigh as much as 7 kilos[
]. They are said to be edible and to have an agreeable nutlike flavour[
Leaves and flowers - cooked[
]. They are cooked and served with vermicelli[
The plant can be grown as ground cover by allowing it to scramble over the ground[
]. It grows rapidly and has also been used to provide a very quick screen for buildings, etc[
Cuttings are very easy[
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