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Description for Strophanthus gratus
Strophanthus gratus is a woody liana that can grow up to 25 metres, with a trunk diameter of up to 10 centimetres. Its fragrant flowers feature a white corolla, topped by red or purple colour, with pink corona lobes.
Planting and care
The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall. All plants prefer sun to light shade sites with well-draining and moderately fertile soil. Install the plant in the ground at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot. Most plants are grafted onto the common rootstock because of its superior hardiness.
Caring for Strophanthus gratus
- Epsom salts along with your fertilizer; the magnesium sulfate will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush Prune plants every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material. Wear elbow-length gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from thorns or a clumsy slip, but flexible enough to allow you to hold your tools.
Typical uses of Strophanthus gratus
Special features: Superior winter-flowering shrub for the landscape. Shrub borders, woodland gardens. Screen or tall hedge. Good specimen.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Strophanthus is an herb. It has been used as an arrow poison in Africa. Strophanthus seeds are used to make medicine. Despite serious safety concerns, people take strophanthus for Ã¢â‚¬Å“hardening of the arteriesÃ¢â‚¬Â (arteriosclerosis), heart problems, and high blood pressure.
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