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It is a small shrub, often reaching a maximum height of 2-5 ft. It is native to the humid tropical forests of Indochina and grown in the USDA hardiness zone of 9-11.
This delightful little shrub boasts beautiful, bright green leaves that are accented by the striking and brightly colored pink, bell-shaped flowers that bloom during early summer and sporadically throughout the growing season. Not only is Strobilanthes hamiltoniana an aesthetically pleasing plant, but it is also considered an ethnomedical plant that has been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments.
Strobilanthes hamiltoniana prefers a semi-shade environment and regular to moderate water, making it an ideal addition to a shady garden. The plant thrives in warm and humid climates, however it can be grown in colder regions in a container. When grown in pot, this plant prefers moist soil, but should be protected from extreme temperatures and always be kept out of what little sunlight remains in order to avoid sunburn.
This lovely plant is easy to maintain and can do very well with minimal care. In order to propagate Strobilanthes hamiltoniana, it's best to use stem cuttings and place them in rich, well-draining potting soil. To ensure that this plant flourishes, it must be watered regularly, but avoid over-watering to prevent root rot and ensure healthy growth.
Strobilanthes hamiltoniana is a delightfully easy to grow plant that will reward the devoted gardener with a display of colorful pink flowers during the summer months. For best results, plant this remarkable plant in a semi-shade environment with consistent and moderate water and your garden will be graced with this incredible beauty.
Stromanthe genus contains two species grown indoors. S. amabilis and S. sanguinea.
S. amabilis has compact leaves which are 15-25cm long and 5cm wide. S. sanguinea has larger glossy leaves which are up to 30 to 50cm long and around 10cm wide. Both have a creeping rhizome (a thicken stem which grows hoizontally below or on the soil surface) and produce fanlike sprays of leaves. Water moderately, mist often as needs humidity. Enjoys a medium light.
Flowers have a beautiful seagreen/turquoise color that is almost beyond description. This color is extremely rare in the plant world. The bloom is a pendant, clustered birds beak like inflorescence up to 4 1/2 ft. long and puts on a spectacular show when in bloom. Often used in Lei making. Can be grown indoors. The hue is probably the rarest in the world of flowers. A vigorous grower once established, it can reach 30-40 ft tall, but is perfect for a pergola where the blooming clusters can hang down. Specimen vine. Blooming season: winter-spring. Cannot stand hard freeze or drought. Grows best in Zones 9-11. Young leaves had very dark, almost black color. As the leaf matures, it turns deep green.
Very unusual strophanthus with orange-brown flowers that look like carved out of wood with petals curled like a wooden shavings. This flower is very unique, looking almost artificial. Bright orange twisted petals with yellow margins indeed look like fancy wood shavings. Very rare plant in cultivation, and hard to propagate. Spectacular eye stopper, it is in bloom 2-3 times a year! Drought tolerant, takes both full sun or shade. Compact shrub in container, can be trained into a small tree. Leaves are leathery and dark green with white veins, and light green when young.
Long red tendrils twisting off each flower petal are the defining feature of this tropical Asian climber. The white star-shaped flowers have red striping that leads into the exotic tendrils. This summer bloomer produces clusters of flowers that arrive on and off over several weeks, and as new growth continues, the blooming cycle is repeated. Its stiff rambling stems need support yet with some staking and some encouragement it makes a beautiful specimen.
Strophanthus gratus (Climbing oleander) is a fast-growing vine or creeper that is native to West Africa. Grown in USDA Zones 9-11, it requires full sun to semi-shade, regular water and prefers a fertile, humus-rich soil with good drainage. The pink flowers are especially attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, and boast a wonderfully fragrant scent. The flowers add texture to the gardens and create a stunning display.
In cold regions it is important to take precautions when growing Strophanthus gratus in a pot. The mature plant is cold hardy to at least to 30s F for a short period of time. However, if in doubt, it's best to move the potted plant inside during freezes.
With proper care and attention, Strophanthus gratus will be an attractive addition to your garden.
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 9 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.
A group of tropical plants belonging to the dogbane family, native to Africa and Asia. Seeds of the handsome climber Strophanthus gratus and Strophanthus kombe yield a poison, strophantin, which is used on arrowheads in hunting, and in medicine as a heart stimulant.
These frost-tender plants prefer a protected, part-shaded position and fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil.
Exotic species of Strophanthus:
Strophanthus petersianus - Sand Forest Poison Rope, scrambling shrub, creamy white flowers, pinkish red on outside, dangling petal lobes.
Rare rambling or vining evergreen shrub with clusters of unusual starfish-shaped flowers, sweetly scented.