Adenia perrieri Claverie
Adenia perrieri is a climbing succulent with a tuberous rootstock that produces one or several green vine-like stems. The caudex grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Stems are up to 10 feet (3 m) long. Leaves are variable in shape and size, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. There is a "snowflake" version of the typical leaves but with white spots on them. Flowers are small and greenish-white.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Adenias 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 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.
This species is native to Madagascar.
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