Even California Native Plant enthusiasts bemoan at times that we have fairly few attractive native vines. Imagine my delight, therefore, when Nicky from Gold Rush nursery introduced me to a vine I'd never met before this spring. Maurandya antirrhiniflora (snapdragon vine) is a delicate little vine that tolerates dry conditions and, coming from the desert, it seems to do fine even with afternoon sun. And the best part are the sweet little flowers that arrived for my vine in summer.
I like the delicate leaves, maybe an inch long, that twine up the wires I strung along the fence. And I'm quite happy with the pretty little purple flowers - Las Pilitas tells us they can be magenta or purple, and either would have been fine near the clarkias and salvias.
Of course, because nothing is perfect, this vine is deciduous. But I'm hoping for a short winter's rest. So far, Maurandya is going strong. And it will be delightful when the stark wires start greening up in spring, and when the flowers appear again.