Coccinia trilobata is a herbaceous, perennial climbing plant, with stems reaching up to 4 metres in length growing from a tuberous rootstock. It is adorned with dark green, three-lobed leaves, as well as innumerable small, yellow-orange, lightly fragrant flowers - more noticeable in the evening. Additionally, oblong, yellow-orange fruits, measuring approx. 5cm appear after the flowers have faded.
Originally native to Tropical Africa, Coccinia trilobata thrives in places with warm climates. Specifically, USDA Zones 9-11 are the ideal environment, with full sun and moderate water requirements. It makes for a great addition to any garden as its abundant fruits and flowers exude a vibrant yellow-orange hue.
In colder regions where winter can be unforgiving, Coccinia trilobata can still be grown in a pot. To protect the plant from extreme frost, bring the pot indoors, and give it a suitable spot in a sunny window- sill or a balcony. During warmer months, it can respectfully be placed in the garden, requiring adequate watering - not too much nor too little - to ensure healthy growth and flowering. With the right level of care, Coccinia trilobata can be admired by any gardener in any location.