Fire Vine, Pygmy Melon, Psiguria

Psiguria warscewiczii

Cucurbitaceae

Fire Vine, Pygmy Melon, Psiguria

An important nectar and pollen plant for Heliconius butterflies such as the Zebra Longwing, Julia, and other butterfly species who use the pollen to help extend their lifespan. The flowers are also utilized by bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. This unusual member of the Cucumber family produces medium to large clusters of pumpkin orange male and single or few flowered clusters of female flowers that open flat atop a long tube (salverform). Male flowers may be produced year round under good conditions and normally only one sex of flowers is open at the time. The thick, glossy green leaves of Psiguria are quite variable and can be trifoliate to simple all on the same plant. The vine itself can get woody over time and the plant may go into a period of dormancy if an extended drought occurs dying back to the woody portion of the plant.


Grows To: Can grow to 8'H+. Can be maintained on a smaller trellis.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11,(9B?)

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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Indoor Light: Direct sunlight, High

pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral (at least)

Soil & Moisture: Well-drained. Never keep soggy or overly wet.

Native To / Origin: South America

See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions

Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml

Price: $ 14.99
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