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Tromotriche revoluta var. tigrida (Revolute-flowered Tromotriche)

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Scientific Name

Tromotriche revoluta var. tigrida (Decne.) P.V.Heath

Common Names

Revolute-flowered Tromotriche

Synonyms

Stapelia revoluta var. tigrida, Stapelia tigridia, Ceropegia revoluta

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Tromotriche revoluta var. trigrida is a rhizomatous succulent that readily offsets to form a sparingly branched shrub up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall.  It is a distinctive variety of Tromotriche revoluta, with revolute (rolled backward or downward) corolla lobes patterned with conspicuous wine-red or maroon and light yellow concentric stripes which vary in color intensity. In all other characteristics it is very similar to the standard species.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Stapeliads are relatively easy to grow. They should be treated as an outdoor plant as they will easily rot indoors and cannot flower without exposure to outdoor temperature fluctuations. They should be grown under cover so that watering can be controlled. They require a reasonable amount of sunlight to promote flowering and maintain a well shaped plant. Very shady positions will produce very poor flowering. Stapeliads come from climates where they survive extremely high temperatures in the summer months so most growth is in spring and autumn, with flowering in autumn when the weather starts to cool down. In growing season, water in moderation when needed, making sure soil is fairly dried out between waterings. Do not water between November 1 and March 1.

The easiest and best way to propagate Stapeliads is from stem cuttings which can be taken virtually throughout the year. Seed is also a method of propagation… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Stapeliads

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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