Calotropis procera is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae that is native to North Africa, Tropical Africa, Western Asia, South Asia, and Indochina.
Common name(s): Mandar, Rui,Calotropis procera,Rubber bush, apple of Sodom.
Flower colours: Pale purple to white
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Max reachable height: 6 to 8 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
If its too shady, the stems will attempt to lean towards the sun or get spindly and fall over. Most of the popular varieties prefer acidic to neutral soil, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils (e.g.Madonna lilies). Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Dry to medium
Temperature: 55 to 60 degree C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Mandar
In active growth, water freely especially if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
Keep lilies mulched so that their roots are cool.
The mulch should feel moist but not wet.
Apply a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring until 6 weeks after flowering.
Typical uses of Mandar
Special features: Where winter hardy, grow as a hedge or train as a small tree. Where not winter hardy, grow in containers which must be overwintered indoors. Could be grown as an annual where not winter hardy.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.