Dicranopygium stenophyllum, or Dicranopygium, is a small plant that is native to Ecuador. This attractive plant has a strong scent of ripe raspberries, and its open inflorescence can be appreciated briefly. The blooms produce a wonderfully fragrant scent in the early morning and are ephemeral in nature. Growing typically 2-5 ft in height, this versatile shrub can grow in many conditions. It prefers partial to full shade, with regular to moderate water levels. This plant is best suited to USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11, and can be grown in pots in cooler climates.
For optimal growth of the Dicranopygium, ensure that it is kept in partial to full shade and watered regularly to moderately. When planting in a pot in a colder climate, ensure that the crown of the plant is at the soil surface with a layer of mulch to protect from harsh winter winds and temperatures. This will help to keep the roots from freezing in winter, leading to better health and blooms come springtime. Feel free to fertilize at the end of winter for a boost of nutrients to help the Dicranopygium thrive. Additionally, be sure to use well-draining soil and to keep the plant in an area of good air circulation to prevent fungus or mold from forming. With the proper care, the Dicranopygium can be a wonderful addition to any garden and will reward you with its fragrant blooms in the early morning hours.