Cryptolepis sanguinolenta - Plant
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Cryptolepis sanguinolenta is a climbing shrub producing thin stems up to 8 metres long that scramble over the ground and twine into other plants for support.
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Cryptolepis sanguinolenta Plant
4 inch Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
Description for Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
Plant height: 1.0 - 1.7 inches
Cryptolepis sanguinolenta is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae. An extract from the root is traditionally used in West Africa to treat malaria. The alkaloid cryptolepine is a potent antimalarial.
Common name(s): Wax Leaved Climber, Indian sarsaparilla
Flower colours: Deep blue
Bloom time: July to September
Max reachable height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and care
Dark Knight features a profuse, shrub-covering bloom of fragrant, deep bluish-purple flowers in terminal and axillary clusters (cymes) from late summer into fall. Ovate to lance-shaped, dull green leaves (to 1.5" long) are silvery below. May be found sold under that name Black Knight .
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
Tolerates some drought. Intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils. Roots are winter hardy to USDA Zone 5, but top growth is only reliably winter hardy to USDA Zone 7. Thus, stems will often die to the ground in the cold winters of Zones 5 and 6, with roots surviving to push up new stems in spring.
Typical uses of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
Special features: Perennial borders. Shrub borders. Very effective in large groups or massed. Also effective as a low hedge. Valued for its late summer to fall flowers when few other shrubs are in bloom.
Culinary use: na
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: na
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