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Elephant Creeper, Vidhara, Samudrasokha - Plant

elephant creeper, vidhara, samudrasokha - plant
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Argyreia nervosa
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Description for Elephant Creeper, Vidhara, Samudrasokha

Elephant Creeper is a vigorous vine native to India, introduced world-wide. It has large, leathery heart-shaped leaves, which are white on the underside due to hairs. It is called elephant creeper because of the large leaves which look like elephant ears. Leaf blades are 15-25 cm long, and 13-20 cm wide, heart-shaped.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Elephant Creeper, Vidhara, Samudrasokha,Argyreia nervosa,Hawaiian baby woodrose, adhoguda,woolly morning glory.light pinkJuly-December, March-April.0.5 to 3ft. Easy to grow

Planting and care

The deep planting encourages the developing stem to send out roots to help stabilize the plant and perhaps eliminate the need for staking. Also, deep planting keeps lily bulbs cool when temperatures soar.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Partial Shadewell-drained soilMedium36FApply any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Elephant Creeper

  • Apply a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring until 6 weeks after flowering.
  • Keep moist in winter.

Typical uses of Elephant Creeper

Special features: The leaves are used to season meat and other foods in Caribbean, Latin American and Asian cuisines. It is often added to chutneys, a sauce containing fruits or vegetables that is eaten with other dishes.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

References

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Elephant%20Creeper.html
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