Strophanthus preussii, Medusa-Flower, Poison Arrow Vine, Spider Tresses, Poison Dart Vine

Strophanthus preussii

Medusa-Flower, Poison Arrow Vine, Spider Tresses, Poison Dart Vine
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Tropical West Africa
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantFragrant plant

Growth and Plant Care: Placed in the right conditions, this semi-tender deciduous perennial vine is relatively easy to care for and maintain. Strophanthus preussii - commonly known as the Medusa-Flower plant - is a climber or creeper mature plant that grows anywhere between 5 to 10 feet high and prefers to be planted in USDA Zones 10 to 11. To thrive, this large shrub requires to be planted in semi-shade and needs regular watering. The Medusa-FLower Plant is attractive for its off-white and vinous reddish-crimson flowers that also have a sweet, delicate fragrance. This deciduous plant can also attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other wildlife, given the right conditions. The mature plants are also moderate to good cold hardy and can withstand temperatures at least down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, though these plants may drop its leaves during cold season.

For those growing Medusa-Flower plants in a pot or container in cold regions, the plants need to be placed in a sheltered area, such as a porch or conservatory and supplied with extra mulch and insulation during the winter months. Furthermore, the container must provide sufficient drainage and be placed in semi-shade to protect roots from direct sunlight, especially during extreme temperatures. Regular watering is also key, but one should make sure to not over-water the plant or leave waterlogged soil in the pot. Also, feeding the Medusa-Flower is essential and can be done either prior to or shortly after flowering season.

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