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South African and Australian Natives

Ceropegia meyeri 2.5" pot


Meyer's Bushman's Pipe.  Wine Glass Vine. This species is almost never available, so I'm very excited to be able to offer it.  A smaller species, the flower are quite large compared with the dainty, twining vine. The flowers look like a brown and white striped ballon with a black bird cage on top. Unusual, smaller Ceropegia.  Does well in a hanging basket or growing up a trellis.  Bright light is important for good blooming, but don't allow the stems to be scorched.  Interestingly, the inside surfaces of Ceropegia flowers are covered with downward pointing hairs that trap any small flies that are attracted by the smelly flowers.  After the flies have covered themselves with pollen, the hairs wither and allow the trapped insects to go on their way!  Ceropegia carnosa is native to Kenya and South Africa.

(Apocynaceae) The name Ceropegia means "wax fountain" referring to the appearance of the flower clusters.

 

Light:Full sun/part shade.  Best grown in a container in a protected spot.  Bright, indirect light if grown indoors.

Water: Moderate water during the summer with a dry rest period in the winter.

Soil:  Sharply draining, succulent mix

Fertilizer: Occasional fertilizer at half strength

Hardiness: Not frost hardy.  USDA Zone 10, but most will be container plants indoors.

 




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