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Products > Pandorea doratoxylon
Pandorea doratoxylon - Western Wonga Wonga Vine
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream & Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [P. pandorana 'Delicado', Tecoma doratoxylon]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Pandorea doratoxylon (Western Wonga Wonga Vine) – An evergreen fine textured non-twining vine or shrub with small dark green divided leaves that are bronze tinged when first emerging. For over a long period starting in early spring and held on pendulous sprays appear the ¾ inch wide tubular cream-colored flowers with flared petals and reddish-brown markings on the interior, looking like small foxglove flowers

Will grow in sun or shade but flowers best with at least part day sun. Give occasional garden irrigation. Cold hardy to 25° F. A nice delicate vine for covering a fence or on a trellis.

. Pandorea doratoxylon comes from coastal plains and nearby slopes to Lake Eyre and Northwestern South Australia. It was first described as Tecoma doratoxylon in 1927 by the Scottish botanist John McConnell Black, who immigrated to Australia and authored of the Flora of South Australia. It was transferred to the genus Pandorea in 1937. The name for the genus is from Pandora of Greek mythology, who was the first mortal woman sent to earth by the gods - the name is derived from the Greek words 'Pan' meaning "all" and 'doran' meaning 'gift'. The French botanist Edouard Spach first used the name to describe the genus in 1840 reportedly because the fruit, a capsule with numerous brown winged seeds, somehow reminded him of Pandora’s Box. The specific epithet is from the Greek words 'doratos' meaning a "spear" and 'xylon' meaning "wood" in reference to the use of the wood by the indigenous Australian people to make spears from its wood and for this reason another common name for this plant is Spearwood. The flexible stems were straightened and strengthened by heating and a spear head, often made from Mulga, Acacia aneura, was a attached.

We believe we got this plant mislabeled as Podranea brycei at a Huntington Garden Plant sale in the 1980s and was later planted on a fence in the nursery garden. It was a bit of a mystery for years until we found a painting of this very plant in Patricia Weare's book A Collection of Australian Wildflower Illustrations described it as the variable western strain of Pandorea pandorana.

To distinguish it from other Wonga Wonga vines in the nursery trade, including the yellow flowering cultivar Pandorea pandorana 'Golden Showers' that we also grow, we had dubbed this plant Pandorea pandorana 'Delicado' for its delicate foliage. Kathy Musial, curator at the Huntington Botanic Garden saw this entry and informed us that this plant is Pandorea doratoxylon with Huntington accession number HBG 53535 from plants grown from seed received from Nindethana Seed Company in Australia in 1985. She also noted that they offered both it and Podranea byrcei at plant sales in the 1980s and that possibly labels got switched then. Pandorea doratoxylon is called the Western Wonga Wonga vine, which matches the common name used in Weare's book and this species has been synonymized in the past with P. pandorana, but is currently thought to now be a distinct species. 

Information about Pandorea doratoxylon displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.