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TECOMA GRANDIFLORA (_syn Bignonia grandiflora_), from China and Japan

(1800), is not so hardy as T. radicans, although in certain maritime

districts it succeeds fairly well. The flowers are very attractive,

being of a rich orange-scarlet, and produced in drooping clusters. Both

foliage and flowers are larger than those of T. radicans. It wants a

warm, sunny wall, and light, rich, and well-drained soil, and if only

for its lovely flowers, it is well worthy of coddling and good


T. RADICANS (_syn Bignonia radicans_).--Trumpet Flower. North America,

1640. An old occupant of our gardens and one of the most beautiful wall

plants in cultivation. It is a tall climber, of sometimes fully 20 feet

in height, with graceful pinnate leaves, and handsome trumpet-shaped

scarlet-red flowers, that are at their best about mid-summer, though the

period of flowering extends over a considerable length of time. The

stems are long, twisted, and wiry, and like those of the Ivy send out

roots at the joints and so fasten the plant in position. Few climbing

plants are more attractive than the Trumpet Flower, and being hardy in

most parts of the country, and free of growth, is to be recommended for

covering walls, and arches, or similar structures. T. radicans major is

of more robust growth than the species, with larger foliage and paler

flowers. The orange-scarlet flowers are produced in terminal corymbs.

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