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Cactus Succulent

Kedrostis africana
  • RHS AGM

A succulent plant that forms a large swollen rootstock (caudex) up to 50cm across, from which a climbing vine arises annually in spring. The vine is slender-stemmed, climbs with tendrils and bears deeply lobed leaves

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Cucurbitaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Kedrostis are a genus of around 35 vining or trailing plants which are native to tropical Africa and Asia. They have a swollen, tuberous base, palmately divided leaves and green, yellow, white or cream flowers

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
Namibia and S. Africa (source: The Encyclopedia of Succulents online)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in cactus compost in full light with protection from hot summer sun. Water moderately in the growing season and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser at half strength monthly; keep almost dry in winter. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed or cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to rots if overwatered

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