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Ceropegia ampliata

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ceropegia (seer-oh-PEEJ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: ampliata (am-pli-AY-tuh) (Info)

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24 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers
Cactus and Succulents

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Liila On Apr 6, 2005, Liila from Lantana, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I bought a pot with one lone straggly vine looking thing about 2 months ago and potted it in cactus and succulent mix in a cocobasket (the better to keep it on the dry side, I reckoned)....Today it has 5 shoots a foot long and a dozen blooms on the way. I had figured it would take at least a year of growing before it bloomed, and I can hardly wait! I was a bit skeptical when the seller told me "full sun", but it receives full sun for most of the day and appears to be thriving. With summer coming and the intensity of heat and sun, I will monitor it closely and move to partial shade if necessary. I love wierd, strange plants most of all, and this one certainly fits the bill. Easy easy easy to care for, doesn't mind going a few days past overdue for watering, and grows like crazy. This is one of those plants that if you "leave it alone, it will take care of itself"...What a gem!

Positive JRush On May 16, 2004, JRush from Guilford, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

This strange looking plant likes bright sunlight. The plant is comprised of leafless green stems that trail. (or climb) It is an aggressive grower. The green flowers are the only adornments on this plant. It propagates easily by cuttings placed directly in the soil. A fascinating plant!


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

Concord, California
Simi Valley, California
Deland, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida

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