The Lovely Plants

Ceropegia Woodii

Ceropegia belongs to Apocynaceae family. It has quite unusual leaves and flowers. Ceropegia is often called by interesting names like lantern flower, parasol flower, parachute flower, bushman’s pipe, string of hearts, snake creeper, wine-glass vine, rosary vine, necklace vine and condom flower. The hairy flowers of Ceropegia trap flies are insects that act as pollinators.

Ceropegia Woodii, Photo © The Lovely Plants

The plant in this picture is Ceropegia Woodii.

Ceropegia makes beautiful hanging pots as the stems usually reach two to four feet in length. Grow in bright light and full to partial sun but keep it in a cooler place in winter. Water ceropegia carefully as its tubers are prone to rot in wet soil. As a rule of thumb, water your plant well and allow the soil to completely dry before next watering. Fertilize generously in summer and grow it in a porous and well-drained soil.

Some species form tubers at nodes. These tubers eventually form roots and can be used to produce new plants. The plant is this picture is Ceropegia Woodii.

Origin: Madagascar, Arabia, Canary Islands, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, southern China, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea and Queensland.