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A beautiful variety with delicate light cream flowers. An eye-stopper! A tropical deeply twining vine with whorled leaves and large, trumpet shaped flowers. Prickly seed pods follow the flowers with winged seeds that fly about when the pod dries and breaks open. Allamanda is perennial in tropical climates and may be treated as an annual or brought inside during cold weather and replanted after danger of frost. The plant has milky sap and is considered poisonous; all parts are highly cathartic (hence the botanical name). Grows well in most soils, but becomes chlorotic in very alkaline conditions. Train up a trellis, tree, or side of a building where there is support. In areas where there is seasonal change, keep fairly dry during winter and prune in spring before growth begins. It may be desirable to prune annually in any case to control for size.
Very attractive ever-blooming vine with bright yellow double trumpet-like flowers 3" wide, slightly fragrant, blooming year-round. The plant has milky sap and is considered poisonous. Grows well in most soils. In areas where there is seasonal change, keep fairly dry during winter and prune in spring before growth begins.
Stem, bark: tonic, aphrodisiac.
Medium shrub, clusters of white flowers.
The indole alkaloid venenatine exhibited antifungal activity against some plant pathogenic and saprophytic fungi. The Tantra-cult in India utilises the seeds of Alstonia venenata as an aphrodisiac and stimulant in their tantric sex rituals.
Amorphophallus konjac is one of the largest flowers, a perennial exotic Asian plant. It grows a single, elongated center called a corm and a single large leaf that wraps around it. The corm is the part of the plant that is used, as well as its tuber, which is commonly called the konnyaku potato. It is one of the most exotic, bizarre flowers. Can be easily grown in a pot as a house plant. The single leaf dormant in winter, then in spring the plant shoots out a fantastic flower. See picture of a flowering plant.
The tubers are starchy and edible when cooked like a potato. It is commonly dried and ground into a flour and used in noodles and tofu. Can be toxic if eaten raw.