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Edithcolea grandis (Persian Carpet Flower)

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Scientific Name

Edithcolea grandis N. E. Br.

Common Names

Persian Carpet Flower

Synonyms

Edithcolea sordida

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Ceropegieae 
Subtribe: Stapeliinae
Genus: Edithcolea

Description

Edithcolea grandis is a succulent perennial with leafless richly branched stems. The sharply-toothed, 4 or 5 angled stems are grey-green to red in color with brownish spots and up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length and up to 1.6 inch (4 cm) in diameter. The bisexual, hairy-margined, pale yellow flowers with red-brown spots, up to 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, are born at the ends of the shoots. The fruit contain a large number of seeds.

Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

Edithcolea grandis is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental in desert gardens worldwide. It has a gained a reputation as a particularly difficult plant to keep because of its very specific growing needs with much light and relatively high (above 60 °F / 15 °C) winter temperatures. It’s very susceptible to rot in combination with low temperatures.

It require moderately watering through the growing season but enjoy plenty of water and some fertilizer in hot weather and allow them to dry before watering again. This helps them to flower freely. Water sparingly in winter according to temperatures. But, as with most asclepiads, it is unwise to leave them wet in cold weather. Winter care presents no problems at 60 °F (15° C) with plenty of light… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

Origin

Native to Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania) and Asia (Yemen).

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