Gonolobus or Matelea cyclophyllus
(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Flowers: Burgundy colored on some plants and green on others, bizarre and beautiful.
Cultivation and propagation: It is dormant and leafless during colder months when it should be kept totally dry. When grown outdoors, temperatures under 15°C damage the plant.
Growth rate: It grows well, though slowly. It’s susceptible to rotting if too wet.
Exposure: It needs light shade, but the caudex should be in the shade, while the leaves prefer some sun. Avoid direct blasting sun in summer. Bright light if grown indoors.
Soil: In pots it needs a very porous potting medium.
Waterings: Water frequently while plant is in full growth but keep dry during the winter after the branches have died back. It rots easily and do NOT like a lot of water when it has no leaves.
Frost tolerance: Keep warm in winter, the minimum safe average temperature is 15°C, although it can go lower for short periods. It can be grown outdoors in frost-free climates, need anyway to kept above 10°C and very dry in winter. It is very prone to rot in cool, wet conditions.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Hardiness Zone||9 to 11|
|Scientific Name||Gonolobus cyclophyllus|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|