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Strophanthus wallichii is a perennial vine or creeper, native to Indian subcontinent. It is an ethnomedical plant, commonly used in traditional medicine in India. The plant has long, dark green leaves and its bark is light red-brown in color. The bright red and crimson, vinous flowers sprout from the twig ends of the vines in February-March.
This plant is best suited to growing in a pot and prefers a sunny or semi-shaded position. It grows very well in USDA Zone 9-11. It is a fairly drought-tolerant plant but regular watering is recommended during the summer months.
If you are growing Strophanthus wallichii in a pot in a region where the temperature falls to low levels, then it is important to take extra care when caring for the plant. Make sure the pot has adequate drainage, as this will help in keeping the root system of the plant protected in cold weather. When the temperature falls below 40Fs, it is important to provide some protection to the plant by moving it to a location with better protection from cold winds.
Regular pruning of the plant is recommended not just to ensure optimal growth, but also to help keep the size of the vine from becoming too large. Strophanthus wallichii responds well to fertilizer, so it is recommended to give the plant a dose of fertilizer every 3 months or so.
Overall, Strophanthus wallichii is a beautiful and rewarding plant to have in your garden. With the right care, it will bring its vibrant red, crimson and vinous flowers to life and help create a stunning display in your garden.
Strophocactus wittii is a native to South America, creeping epiphyte that grows up tree trunks. The leaf-like stems, called phylloclades, are pressed against these trunks and support aerial roots along their midribs. These plants thrive in full sun to semi-shade positions, and need regular watering. Although the plants produce small leaves with thorns or spines, the blooms are its main draw. White or off-white flowers, measuring around 2 inches across, with notched petal edges, only open for one night - hence its nickname, the Amazon Moonflower!
When grown in its proper hardiness zone (USDA Zone 9-11), Strophocactus wittii can be planted in potting soil that is enriched with organic matter, and well-drained. In the warmer months, water regularly and in the winter, water can be reduced to occasional. For colder regions below USDA Zone 9, Strophocactus wittii can be grown in a pot and brought inside during the colder months. Keep its environment humidity, bright, indirect and/or partial light, and a stable temperature to help it successfully overwinter.
Overall, the Strophocactus wittii is a stunning addition to gardens. With proper care and effort, it may produce lush foliage and fragrant blooms. Its pot will mean regular repotting is required, but the effort is worth it for this majestic species. It can grow to a height of up to 20 ft, depending on how well it is cared for.
This small to medium sized tree with its dark green glossy leaves and bright yellow fruit will make an attractive addition to your garden.
Various cultivated races with palatable and delicious fruits have been developed over time.
The seeds and unripe fruits are toxic. The seeds must be avoided though as they are poisonous or could have purgative effects.
Rare exotic fruit tree from Mexico. Medium size tree. A small, purplish fruit that comes in clusters.
Fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers are borne on 4-inch to 8-inch long chains. Flowers dangle from rounded, dark green foliage in late spring, followed by small light brown fruits that usually drop by late fall.
They can be grown in full sun or light shade in light, acidic soil that has been improved with loam or peat moss. They may also be increased by layering the lower branches, however, seeds are the best means of propagation. Some kinds of Styrax produce a highly fragrant, balsamic resin called Benzoin. It is used in lotions, perfumes, tooth powders and incense and as an expectorant, inhalant and an antiseptic for external use.
Flowers are tiny, 5-8 mm across, male and female flowers separate on the same tree. Fruits resemble small limes (1-2cm), with three 'shoulders', green turning bright orange and splitting revealing the thin white pulp surrounding blackish brown seeds.
This dainty little plant is usually grown as a trailing plant in baskets, but can be used as groundcover. Keep soil moist, well drained, flowers will drop if underwatered.
It is usually sold as Bacopa 'Snow Flake' or Bacopa 'Abunda Blue'.