In Key West, this vine does very well most of the year outdoors. It blooms for me 9 or 10 months out of the year, and declines a bit in the winter, losing most but not all of its leaves. At some point in February, I will cut it back very hard, and it will flush right back out and be ready to start its bloom cycle again. I have not experienced any bug issues yet, and it does like its water. A wonderful plant for the Keys and South Florida.
On Mar 9, 2011, SpaceCase418 from Annapolis, MD wrote:
Is any one afraid of this plant? i have strophanthus petersianus as seedlings right now and due to the nature of their history i wear gloves when handling them. just wondering because both species are very capable of giving an elephant a heart attack.
This plant does very well in Florida. It starts blooming in spring and continues until it gets cold. Flowers are smallish, about1.5 cm across, but the long tails and abundant blooms make it very nice plant.
On Nov 23, 2003, duliticola from Longfield, Kent United Kingdom (Zone 8b) wrote:
Easily grown scandent shrub/climber. Has unusual and quietly attractive flowers which are discretely scented of ripe melons. The fragrance is not overpowering but spreads throughout the greenhouse.
Comes from Central Africa where apparently the wood was used in the making of bows and the sap as a constituent of poison used on arrow tips.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Big Coppitt Key, Florida Cutler, Florida Lakeland, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Plano, Texas