Plant of the Week:
Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina
Asclepiadaceae

Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina

Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina, a native of South Africa, is an unusual plant with small, inconspicuous leaves and thick succulent stems up to 3/4 of an inch wide. It is a trailing plant that does well in baskets with very little care.

Blooming Time: Summer. The white flowers with purple spots are 2 to 3 inches long.

Culture: Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina is an easy plant to grow. The plants require moderate temperatures of 55 to 85 degrees. A well drained soil is required (1 part peat moss to 2 parts sand to 1 part loam). The plant needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. The plant has thick succulent stems that can withstand a fair amount of drought. Water well and wait until the soil has thoroughly dried before watering again. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every third watering from May to October. From October to May water only enough to keep the stems from shriveling.

Propagation: Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina are propagated by cuttings in spring. Cutting are slow to root so be patient.

Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina was featured as Plant of the Week July 13-19, 2001.

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