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Ceropegia haygarthii (Lantern Flower)

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Scientific Name

Ceropegia haygarthii Schltr.

Common Names

Lantern Flower, Parasol Flower, Parachute Flower, Bushman's Pipe, Snake Creeper, Wine-glass Vine, Rosary Vine, Necklace Vine

Synonyms

Ceropegia distincta subsp. haygarthii, Ceropegia tristis

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Ceropegia

Description

Ceropegia haygarthii is a semi-evergreen, strong growing, twining, stem succulent, with small ovate leaves. The stems are climbing or trailing, fleshy, green, covered with a glaucous bloom, up to 10 feet (3 m) long and 0.25 inch (6 mm) thick. The flowers are up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. The tube is creamy are flecked with purple-maroon, swollen at the at base, curved upwards and expanding funnel-like.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

A gritty compost is suitable, and clay pots help with drainage, especially for the species with white thickened roots which are the most susceptible to rotting and for species forming large tubers. Ceropegias appreciate water and a little fertilizer during warm weather, although some care with watering is required for the more difficult species. The vine-like species can suffer from prolonged drought.

Typically, many of these species grow and climb naturally among bushes which provide shade and humidity to the base, while the vegetative growth is in the light. Where tubers occur, they are best planted on the surface of the compost, and the vegetative growth allowed to twine around supports or to trail down from a hanging pot. The latter mode of growth has the advantage of not using valuable bench space. Small tubers formed at joints in the thin stems of some species can be used for propagation. If the tuber rots or dries out, don't panic. As long as some of the top growth is still in reasonable condition, it may be possible to save the plant by re-rooting stems in damp gravel… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Ceropegia

Origin

Native to Angola, Mozambique and South Africa.

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