Rhodochiton astrosanguineum

Rhodochiton astrosanguineum

Rhodochiton atrosanguineum or Purple Bell Vine is a creeper with rapid growth, beautiful green heart-shaped leaves and bell-shaped purple flowers.

Flowering occurs from late summer until the first frost.

In the tropics, the plant is persistent, it is also grown as an annual.

Description:

The stems rise up to 3 m high.

The leaves are heart-shaped, up to 5 cm long, pale green and slightly lobed. Petioles wrap around support.

The black flowers are long and tubular, surrounded by a cup-shaped pink calyx. The corolla is 4.5 cm long.

The fruit is a white capsule with four lobes.

Common names:

Purple Bell Vine

Synonyms:

Lophospermum atrosanguineum, Maurandia atrosanguineum, Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, Rhodochiton volubile

Etymology:

Rhodochiton: from the Greek roz or ροζ (pink) and chiton (tunic)
Atrosanguineum: from the Latin atro (black) and sanguineum (bloody)

Origin:

Southern Mexico



Habitat:

Along temperate rainforest, climbing on bushes and low branches of trees

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11, 0 °C

Care:

Soil:

Rich and well drained

Exposure:

Sun

Water:

Water moderately

Fertilizer:

In the ground: add humus to the soil in spring.
In pot, universal liquid fertilizer every two weeks.

Propagation:

Seedlings, cuttings of herbaceous stems

Sowing instructions:

  • sow in a light mix
  • wrap the pot in a plastic bag to prevent evaporation of water
  • temperature: 15-18 °C
  • germination time: 12-40 days (depending on freshness of the seeds)

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