ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tenerife climbers and flowering vines

Updated on October 29, 2015

Garden walls in Tenerife

In the UK there are plenty of rambling roses growing up garden walls but here in Tenerife in the Canary Islands you are far more likely to see Bougainvilleas. These beautiful flowers are a very common sight on the island and come in a range of glorious colours such as deep purple, red, salmon-pink and white.

Climbers and vines

Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea
Leadwort
Leadwort
Balloon vine
Balloon vine
Flame Vine
Flame Vine
Sky Flower
Sky Flower
Passion Flower
Passion Flower
Golden Cup
Golden Cup
Port St John's Creeper
Port St John's Creeper
Orange Bougainvillea
Orange Bougainvillea

Colourful Climbers for the garden

The plant, which is also known as Paper Flower, was named after Admiral Louis de Bougainvillea who discovered it in 1768. The Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea glabra and B. spectabilis and their hybrids) are drought resistant, fast growing, evergreen and tolerant of most soil types, so make ideal climbing plants for covering a wall or trellis.

Another very popular climber is the Passion Flower with its unique flowers, which have 5 petals and 5 sepals and were thought by early missionaries to represent Christ's 10 disciples, leaving out Peter and Judas. The coloured filaments in the centre of the flower they likened to his halo or crown of thorns and the tendrils the plant uses to climb were the whips used to scourge him.

As well as this interesting background and a very attractive appearance, some species such as Passiflora edulis also bear delicious fruit that can be used for jams and jellies as well as for its juice.

Yet another unusual climbing plant seen in Tenerife is the Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum halicacabum), which grows up trees, fences and over walls. It has bunches of small white flowers, which are followed by conspicuous green bladder pods. These dry out and turn a pale straw yellow and contain the hard brown seeds.

Similar in their habits are the Morning Glory vines of which there are many colourful species. The Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea learii) with funnel-shaped blue-purple flowers is commonly seen covering whatever it has climbed all over and will go right up trees and poles.

The Mile a Minute Vine or Messina Creeper (Ipomoea cairica), as its name suggests, is a very vigorous plant that is often cultivated on the island for its beautiful purple-pink blooms. The Port St. John's Creeper (Podranea brycei) and its close relative the Zimbabwe Creeper (Podranea ricasoliana) are very popular climbing shrubs that are excellent for forming screens and covering walls or fences.

Both plants bear beautiful lilac-pink trumpet-shaped flowers nearly all year round and have glossy evergreen foliage. They grow fast and tolerate drought, salt spray, wind and heat.

Many vines and climbers have these qualities and so they are excellent for growing in parks and gardens in the Canary Islands. Another example of such a plant is the Flame Vine (Pyrostegia venusta) and a carpet of this bright orange-red flower trailing over a wall or rooftop is an unforgettable sight.

The Golden Cup (Solandra maxima) has big golden yellow flowers and large evergreen leaves that provide a background contrast. It comes from Mexico but does very well in Tenerife.

The Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) has plenty of attractive blue or white flowers. In South Africa, which is where it comes from, it is regarded as a magical and medicinal herb. The ground up root has been used to treat headaches and other inflammation.

The Sky Flower or Bengal Clock Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) is another very beautiful blue-flowered climber often grown in Tenerife. The related Scarlet Clock Vine (Thunbergia coccinea) is another attractive climbing plant.

The species described above are just a selection of the climbers that can be found growing on Tenerife and these plants provide much of the unforgettable colour seen in the gardens of the island.

Climbers are very useful for providing a quick magnificent floral display and for covering over unsightly objects. They also are good for providing a bit of privacy and stopping people seeing over your wall or fence. Cultivate a climber!

First published in Living Tenerife, 2005


© 2008 Steve Andrews

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I think it might be Black Eyed Susan vine.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I'll have a think about this, Julie, but at the moment I confess I am stumped!

    • profile image

      Julie Hume 

      7 years ago

      I have just found a vine with five-petaled, yellow flowers which are about an inch across. There is a dark, purple centre and the leaves are like an elongated heart. It was growing along the ground but it looks like it would grow up in the way a morning glory does. Do you have any idea what it could be?

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting!

    • IzzyM profile image

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      The blue plumbago auriculata is a special favourite on mine, but I could not get cuttings to root. I finally got a couple of plants by pulling up rooted suckers from the base of an adult plant. That must be the best way to propagate them.

      Passiflora edulis (passionfruit) I grow from seed. Morning Glory is beautiful but can become invasive, and bougainvillea is best used as hedging at the end of the garden because of the spines. Gorgeous flowers all the same. Thanks Bard wonderful hub:)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)