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Dischidia ruscifolia (Million Hearts)

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Scientific Name

Dischidia ruscifolia Decne. ex Becc.

Common Names

Million Hearts

Synonyms

Dischidia myrtillus

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Dischidia

Description

Dischidia ruscifolia is a decorative plant that comprises stiff, slender green shoots that grow up to 3.3 feet (1 m) long before taking root at the tip and continuing. The stems are densely decorated in pairs of stiff, fleshy, heart-shaped leaves. Many tiny white flowers appear on the internodes and remain for long periods. The plant looks graceful in hanging pots, but its habitat is found in dense clumps and clusters on overhead tree branches.

Dischidia ruscifolia (Million Hearts)

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Allow the soil to dry out before you water the plant. They are used to getting moisture only from dew and the air and cannot tolerate boggy media. When the bark medium is dry to the touch, submerge the container in water until the air bubbles are gone.

Dischidia also needs high humidity. Mist the plant every day or place the container on a saucer filled with pebbles and water. The water will evaporate and moisten the air, while the pebbles will hold the sensitive roots out of the water.

Dischidia doesn't really need fertilizer, but you should change the planting media every year. If you wish, apply a diluted by half liquid plant food when you water, beginning in spring and stopping by September. See more at How to Grow and Care for Dischidia.

Origin

Dischidia ruscifolia is native to Philippines.

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