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Piper hispidinervum - Plant

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Root Beer Plant, Hoja Santa, Mexican Pepperleaf
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Piper auritum is an aromatic herb with a heart-shaped, velvety leaf which grows in tropic Mesoamerica. The name hoja santa means "sacred leaf" in Spanish.

Common name: Root Beer Plant, Hoja Santa, Mexican Pepperleaf
Color: yellow
Bloom time: April to May
Height: 30.00 to 60.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day. Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually. Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.

Sunlight: Full sun to part shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 25 ± 2°C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance.
  • The vines need to be trained early when they are young.
  • You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections.
  • Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.
  • Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.


Special Feature:
Excellent for naturalized plantings or screens where they are given lots of space to colonize. Also can be grown as lawn specimens.
Use
Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
No serious insect or disease problems. Leaves may turn yellow while veins remain green (chlorosis) in alkaline soils.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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