Freycinetia funicularis, Flowering Pandanus, Climbing Pandanus

Freycinetia funicularis

Flowering Pandanus, Climbing Pandanus
Family: Pandanaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowers

Freycinetia funicularis is an attractive large shrub that grows 5-10 feet tall, but can also grow as a vine or creeper, depending on its environment. This plant is native to Southeast Asia, and is often cultivated in other tropical and subtropical regions. The leaves are long, glossy, and dark green that take on a bronze hue in winter. It is frost-tender, so needs protection from cold weather. The plant needs to be grown in semi-shade, with regular water and fertilizer to keep it from wilting and become dry.

The most striking feature of Freycinetia funicularis is its showy red, crimson, and vinous flowers. These flowers appear throughout the year, providing a beautiful contrast to the dark green foliage. Though this plant can be grown outdoors, it is best grown in a USDA Zone 9-11.

For success with growing Freycinetia funicularis in colder regions, it is best to mount the vine on wire mesh as it is not hardy enough to survive in cold temperatures. In colder climates, it can be grown in a large pot with abundant drainage and a good quality potting soil. It should be fertilized regularly and watered generously, while also protecting it from cold weather with a thick covering of mulch. Taking the time to follow these guidelines and give the plant plenty of care and attention should ensure that the Freycinetia funicularis will thrive and give plenty of enjoyment for years to come.

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