Ceropegia woodii Schltr.
Ceropegia woodii is a succulent perennial.
Ceropegia woodii was described by Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter in 1894. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials are comparatively fast-growing and reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 2 to 3 metres.
Ceropegia woodii is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are cordate, entire and petiolate. The surface of the leaves is glabrous.
Flowers and Fruits
Ceropegia woodii produces solitary purple tubular flowers from June to August.
The perennials produce follicles.
The plants form root tubers.
Ceropegia woodii is native to Zimbabwe and South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°C (USDA zone 10).
The ornamental value of Ceropegia woodii lies especially in the ornamental leaves. Suited for hanging baskets, as well as suited as indoor plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
Waxy fibres and honeydew on leaves and shoots indicate an infestation with mealybugs. Apply insecticide or control biologically with predatory ladybirds.
Sudden wilting and pale green discolouration indicate a fungal infection (phytophthora). Remove infected plants. Avoid by improving drainage and over-fertilization.
Scale insects that sit on the undersides of the leaves and excrete honeydew can be controlled with insecticide or biologically with parasitic wasps.
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