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.)
Matelea cyclophylla goes by the common name Milk Vines. It belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family and is a native of Mexico. The heart-shaped green foliage covers the caudex that grows to about 2 cm in height and a vine that grows to almost 2 meters. The burgundy or brown flowers are unusually pretty as well as symmetrical and grow well from Spring to Summer, the blooming season. The winter-dormant slow-growing frost-hardy succulent grows well in partial shade.
Gonolobus cyclophyllus is a slow-growing houseplant.
From Spring till Summer, during the blooming season, the plant bears burgundy or brown colored flowers in the shape of a bat sea star.
Watering and Feeding
A key aspect of Matelea cyclophylla care is watering. However, the plant does not prefer a lot of water, especially when there are no leaves. The plant will rot to death in such a condition. It, during the growing season, needs frequent watering. However, during the dormant season, the plant should be kept dry.
This succulent requires well-drained soil. Use a porous soil mix for best growth.
Milk Vines are frost-hardy. The hardiness zone is 10a. The temperature range for impressive growth is between 30 °F to 35 °F (-1.1 °C to +1.7 °C).
The light requirement of Gonolobus cyclophyllus is partial shade. The caudex should be shaded while the leaves should get a good amount of sunlight.
Seed propagation is the best for healthy Gonolobus cyclophyllus succulents.
Growing on limestone cliffs, Matelea cyclophylla in their native region can get invisible. They camouflage in the dry season and cannot be spotted by amateurs. Get this interesting variety now!
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Hardiness Zone||9 to 11|
|Scientific Name||Gonolobus cyclophyllus|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|