Macfadyena unguis-cati

Cat’s Claw Vine
Cat’s Claw Vine
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

Vine to 20-25′


Full to partial sun


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Low water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones


Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Fast-growing semi-evergreen vine with stems to 20-25’ long or greater with age. This vigorous heat-loving species climbs rapidly via clinging claw-like tendrils that attach themselves to rough surfaces or wrap around most any support provided. Lush glossy medium to deep-green foliage is accented with abundant clusters of showy trumpet-shaped bright-yellow flowers that appear in spring attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Flowers are followed by slender bean-like seed pods. Highly adaptable this attractive species will grow in a variety of conditions from mild coastal climates to warm inland valleys and deserts and is well-suited for covering walls fences pillars arbors or trellises or even as an erosion-controlling groundcover where its stems root when coming in contact with moist soil. Best growth and flowering performance will be achieved in warmer climates. Requires little water once established though a more robust looking specimen occurs with regular watering in a well-drained soil. Prefers a full to partial sun exposure.

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