A large shrub or vine growing 5-10 feet tall, Strophanthus caudatus (Medusa Gorgona) is a tropical beauty with very unique, showy foliage and flowers. Native to Asia, it is a striking, fast-growing perennial with lush, rambling branches, adorned with large glossy green leaves, that twine and ramble along the ground and climb in the direction they are supported. To the observer, its vinous-red flowers are quite stunning, with their star-shaped petals dispersing outward from the center of the bloom. At the tip of each petal, an exotic red tendril twirls around and adds an extra special, and almost mesmerizing, charisma.
Strophanthus caudatus (Medusa Gorgona) needs full sun or semi-shade and regular water to thrive. It is cold hardy and can survive temperatures as low as 30F for a short period of time, making it a great choice for gardeners growing in USDA Zone 9-10. For colder regions, it can be grown in a pot and brought indoors during extreme cold spells.
The tropical beauty of Strophanthus caudatus (Medusa Gorgona) is worth the extra care it needs to keep it looking healthy. With its showy flowers, unique foliage, and cold hardiness, this is a great choice for gardeners looking for an exotic and vibrant addition to their garden. For best results, provide a rich, well-draining soil in full sun or semi-shade, and water regularly. Fertilize once a month during the growing season and trim occasionally to remove dead or damaged branches. If grown in a pot, make sure the container is large enough for the shrub and provide regular water. During cold winter months, move the pot indoors or provide more protection from cold temperatures. With a bit of love and care, this tropical Asian beauty will lend an element of exotic flair to your garden.