Contact Us

Back to Material Selections  /

Selection Category 




Costa Rican Butterfly Vine (Purple Wings)


A fast-growing twining tropical vine with tiny yellow flowers appearing between two vibrant violet bracts with prominent veins and serrated margins. The showy bracts appear summer through fall and sporadically all year and are said to resemble purple butterfly wings.

Dalechampia dioscoreifolia

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Rough

Leaf length : 3-5"

Leaf width : 1"

Leaf shape : Heart-shaped

Leaf color : Dull dark green above; fuzzy & pale green beneath

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : The true, yellow flower is less conspicuous than the violet bracts.

Flower width : 2-3"

Flower shape : Oval with serrated edges

Flower color : Purple

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity height : 16-25 ft.

Growth rate : Fast

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20-25

Sunset zone : 17-24

Water requirements : Regular

Light exposure : Partial Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes