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Adenia globosa

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Scientific Name

Adenia globosa Engl.

Scientific Classification

Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Adenia

Description

Adenia globosa is a deciduous shrub, often adopting a climbing habit, with stems up to 26.2 feet (8 m) long, growing from a globular, green and warty caudex up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) in diameter. The stems can be erect or scramble over the ground, climbing into the surrounding vegetation and attaching itself using tendrils. They are armed with thorns up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long. The flowers are unisexual, greenish-white, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) long.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Adenias are summer growers and can be regularly watered and feed if planted in fast-draining soil. Let the soil dry between watering if you are in a humid climate.

Most of your growth will be during the warm season, and the plant will have the most leaves. The plant will also grow best with the leaves exposed to bright light, but the caudex shaded.

During the cool months, protect the plant from frost to keep it alive. The plant rests typically during this period, and water should be kept to a minimum. However, you can keep the plant active if you can keep it above 50 °F (10 °C).

Their sap is poisonous, and they should be handled with caution, particularly when pruning.

Most cuttings do not produce a caudex, so it is best to propagate by seeds. Adenias are either male or female, so one of each is required to produce seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adenia.

Origin

Adenia globosa is native to tropical Africa, where it occurs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

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