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A very attractive shrub with decorative foliage and large groups of colorful flowers with petals which are bright red outside and yellowish inside, followed by black fruit.
Leea guineensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to tropical Africa. Leea's are vigorous growers and need quite a lot of space.The light green new growth is quite a contrast to the dark green foliage.
In the greenhouse Leea's will bloom all year long. Flowers are in much-branched cymes and are up to 8 inches across.
Leea guineensis need partial shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. The plant cannot withstand much drought and should be kept moist at all times.
Leea guineensis is propagated by stem cutting or by seed.
The small greenish-white to cream flowers are borne in cymes to about 20 cm across, these are followed by a black ovoid berry with 4-5 seeds.
Large-leaved Leea is a very rare plant. It is native to India and cultivated in E. Asia - southwest China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam. This plant has impressive large tropical leaves. Hathikana, literally meaning having elephant ears. The plant has switchy branches and perennial tuberous roots. Leaves are ovate-cordate, conspicuously large - lower leaves up to 25" in diameter. The large leaves lend it many of its common names. Tiny greenish white flowers in corymbose cymes. Berries are depressed-globose, black. Flowering: July-September.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine, and dye. It is planted in Sri Lanka for its medicinal use. Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable.
Grow in filtered light.
Native to South Africa, Rhoicissus tomentosa (Cape Grape) is a woody evergreen climber. It can reach up to 25 feet tall and has a spread of around 7 feet. This vine or creeper loves full sun, but can tolerate semi-shade and it needs regular water when the soil is dry. Moderate water is required to ensure healthy growth and fruit production.
Rhoicissus tomentosa produces large, edible, globular yellow fruits that are usually 1 inch in diameter. These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and dietary fibers, which have been linked to improved digestive health, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced inflammation. In addition, the fruits contain carotene, which is beneficial for healthy eyesight, and Vitamin A, which helps in maintaining healthy bones and skin. The fruits have a sweet, musky taste and are often referred to as the wild grapes of South Africa.
It best suited to grow in USDA Zones 9-11.
The plants are lianas that climb with tendrils and have palmately compound leaves.
Ultimate Tropical Liana for indoors or Southern garden. It is an impressive, fast-growing tropical-looking liana displaying very large, five-lobed leaves that look similar to those of chestnut leaves. A beautiful centerpiece for a well-lit conservatory, sun porch or greenhouse with a steady, comfortable temperature and a high level of humidity.
If you want to bring exotic tropics into the house, growing chestnut vine indoors may be just the ticket! A rampant climber, the chestnut vine may grow a foot or more in a month in ideal conditions. A vigorous climber with lush foliage and 8 inches or longer tendrils for climbing purposes, they are allowing the vine to wind its way up the trunks of trees. The underside of the leaves are clear pearl-like bumps, which are actually plant secretions that are used by ant colonies when grown in its wild habitat.
Chestnut vine is difficult to obtain for cultivation but it is well worth the effort! Indoors, this vigorous plant can quickly fill an entire room in the right conditions! Good care, pruning, and training can be useful in preventing it from overtaking your living space. The plant is safe at temperatures ranging from 55-85F. It likes lots of bright, indirect sunlight. Shelter the plant from direct sunlight. Water generously during the growing season and sparingly during the autumn and winter. Feed monthly during the growing season.