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PlantFiles: Dregea
Dregea sinensis

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dregea (DRAY-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Wattakaka sinensis

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mjsponies On Jan 20, 2010, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

** Update, this has got to be the slowest growing vine I've ever seen. No bloom yet, and I've got two plants, one in part sun/shade, one in mostly sun...neither is doing anything to impress me yet.
I purchased the seeds for this and could not find any germination info, so I just sowed them in a well drained seedling mix, barely covered and kept them around 70-75º....came up in about a week.

Positive philomel On Jun 14, 2009, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have been very pleasantly surprised that this plant has thrived here in SW France. I have planted it in a sheltered spot, with its roots under other plants and twining in with wisteria, Trachelospermum jasminoides and Clematis armandii. We are only zone 8a, though admittedly last winter was not too severe - going down to about -7C.
The plant has put on a lot of growth (to around 2m so far), is flowering well and threatening to strangle the elaeagnus it is planted next to.
The scent is sweet and pervading, though not quite as strong as the Trachelospermum jasminoides next to it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calistoga, California
Stockton, California
Deland, Florida

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