Ceropegia linearis

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 100-200 cm (3.3-6.6 ft)
Flower Colors: pink, purple, brown, patterned
Life form: tuber

Ceropegia linearis E.Mey. is the most commonly cultivated Ceropegia. Being more of a scrambler than a climber, the thin stems of this plant reach more than 2 meters length. It is an easy houseplant but also thrives in the garden during European summers, flowering prolifically when cultivated in hanging baskets. The tubers in this species seem to be optional - plants grown from seed always have it, those from cuttings may or may not produce one, and sometimes, a tuber is formed anywhere on the stem. Besides the tubers, the succulent leaves also help the plant to store water and deal with drought. The flowers tend to be paler and more patterned when receiving less light. Seeds are readily produced in long thin pods and germinate easily. Photos by Martin Bohnet.

Ceropegia linearis subsp. linearis is characterized by long, thin leaves with a silver line in the center.

Ceropegia linearis subsp. linearis, Martin BohnetCeropegia linearis subsp. linearis flowering in hibernation quarter, Martin Bohnet

Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, the common String-of-hearts, has wide leaves with various degrees of silver markings.

Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Martin BohnetCeropegia linearis subsp. woodii, mass flowering and seedpods, Martin BohnetCeropegia linearis subsp. woodii ripe seed, Martin Bohnet

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