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Cactus Succulent

Ceropegia stapeliiformis
  • RHS AGM

stapelia rosary vine

A trailing or climbing, evergreen, succulent perennial to 1.5m tall, with fibrous roots, thick arching stems and rudimentary, tiny, triangular scale-like leaves. Tubular, hairy, light green flowers about 5cm long on twining flower stems, are marked, spotted and striped dark red-purple, and borne in summer

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver Green
Summer Green Red Grey Silver Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter Grey Silver Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Apocynaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing
Genus

Ceropegia can be evergreen or semi-evergreen, erect, climbing to trailing, usually succulent, perennials with opposite leaves and curioously shaped flowers in summer, sometimes followed by cylindrical fruits containing silky tufted seeds

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S Africa (E Cape)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in cactus compost in bright filtered light, water moderately and apply a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times during the growing season. Keep plants dry at other times

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 19-24°C (66-75°F) in early spring; alternatively take stem cuttings, 10-15cm (4-6in) long in early summer, root in a cactus compost at 22-25°C (72-77°F), and keep moist

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs, aphids and scale insects

Diseases

May be susceptible to basal rot if too wet in winter

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