In a Vase on Monday – Tecoma Trials

The yellow flowers in the center of the vase are Tecoma stans, sometimes called Esperanza (hope in Spanish). I have been looking for one of these to add to the garden for butterflies, they are the larval host plant for the Southern Dogface Butterfly, which is prettier than it sounds, much like a Sulphur Butterfly. I found one locally, totally rootbound, then forgot about it during the stormy fall weather. One clear morning a couple of weeks ago I planted it in the edges of the garden. It responded by flowering and promptly flopping over in another of the endless rain showers – so here it is in the vase and I esperanza (hope) it will last.

A side view: the red flowers draping over the side are Nodding Hibiscus (Malvaviscus penduliflorus); smaller red flowers are Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis); red and yellow flowers are Parrotflowers (Heliconia psittacorum); green foliage is Asian Sword Fern.

Two images..the white flowers in back of the arrangement are ‘Miss Alice’ Bougainvillea. I have been writing a short feature about Bougainvilleas for The American Gardener magazine and learned these flower in cycles – especially in winter when day and night lengths are even…it is November and I have flowers, so life is good..

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting IAVOM and Happy Gardening!!


13 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Tecoma Trials

  1. The yellows look great in your vase and white bougainvillea never look real. My Esperanza has not been happy for awhile.

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  2. Kris P says:

    I need to find a good spot for Tecoma here as I really like those yellow blooms. I wish my Russelia looked as good as yours.

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    • The Tecoma looks pretty rangy now, there are some in my neighborhood that are trained into multi trunked trees that are spectacular – 8 or 10 feet tall. I picked the best part of the Russelia, the rest is puny.


  3. pbmgarden says:

    Each item in your vase is so interesting. Lovely arrangement. Hope all is well with you.


  4. Cathy says:

    Your post is littered with so many great names – Dogface butterfly, Nodding Hibiscus, Firecracker Plant, Parrotflowers…your posts always sound exotic as well as looking that way! We never know what we can expect from you and it is always a treat to see what local exotica you share with us each week, and today is no exception – thank you for joining us each week

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Love this arrangement with the nodding hibiscus, precious green/white bougainvillea and other cool flowers, esp. the Heliconia, which I never tire of seeing.

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  6. Oh I am loving this combination of hot colour and wonderful contrasting texture. Yum


  7. tonytomeo says:

    Tecoma is one of those flowers that really should be more popular than it is here. The only that I knew of prior to a few years ago were at old homes in San Jose. I tried to find it in nurseries, but could not. I was about to purchase seed online, when I found it in a nursery in Santa Cruz. However, the cultivar that I got is a rather small compact sort. It is pretty anyway. I really do not need another tree anyway.

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