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ARAUJIA sericifera

Commonly known as Cruel plant

Half-hardy climber with fragrant, white or pale pink bells which temporarily trap moths
Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - wavy, lance-shaped leaves to 10cm (4in) long, thinly felted with hairs underneath
  • White
  • Height - 7-10m (23-33ft)
  • Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - twining-stemmed climber. Stem contains a white latex.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F) - borderline
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - sticky pollen masses trap visiting moths.
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mite under glass
  • Place of origin - South America
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - oblong-bell-shaped 2.5cm (1in) across, swollen at the bases
  • Racemes - 5-10cm (2-4in) long
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
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  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - moderately fertile
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Araujia - The Cruel Plant - Growing Guide

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