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Adenia goetzei

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Scientific Name

Adenia goetzei Harms

Scientific Classification

Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Adenia

Description

Adenia goetzei is an erect, perennial herb up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall, with annual stems growing from an underground tuber. The caudex can grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter.The leaves are oblong-lanceolate with scattered glands. The flowers are yellowish green. The fruit is an ellipsoid capsule.

Adenia goetzei

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Adenia plants are summer growers and can be watered and fed regularly 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 normally rests 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 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Adenia.

Origin

Native to Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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