I had 4 neighbors ask about the 2 potted plants by my front door last month for my b'day bash. They all wanted to know about them. They're extremely drought tolerant. I planted them last year when only about a foot tall or so in an 8" pot. I have them in full shade and they love it. I had to stake this one due to monsoon conditions to get it upright again. Thought I'd shar this find with y'all. Here's what the container sticker said:
Hey FK, The students at MetroTech propagate a lot of these plants. And sell them for very reasonable prices. The "Fall Festival" will be held there on Saturday, October 21st, and they will be selling Synadeniums. Both the red ones and green ones. If you want it before then, Dmail me, as they welcome visitors ... and shoppers. And you would be supporting a great special ed program.
when i was in my small college town in oregon, the all green S. grantii was being circulated as a "cocaine plant." silly people were chewing the leaves and giving themselves anywhere from a numb mouth to sores. some people even had really adverse reactions from the milky sap touching the skin on their arms. it's a great plant (yours looks fabulous!), though, and i was reading somewhere that it used to be a whole lot more popular in the 50s...wonder why it ever fell out of favor?
I had this plant for many years. I do not have it in the ground but in a pot.
It is very easy to propagate from cuttings and I brought several of them at the swaps. Mine is probably 6 feet tall and it sits on the screened patio with additional shade from several vines. I did not try to grow it in the full sun.
They are frost sensitive and they loose all their leaves at winter time only to grow bigger and better in spring.
They are suppose to bloom with little yellow flowers but mine never did.
I love it for it's color and for it's form.