Category: Perennials Tropicals and Tender Perennials Vines and Climbers
Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m) 20-30 ft. (6-9 m) 30-40 ft. (9-12 m) over 40 ft. (12 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) 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: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade Partial to Full Shade Full Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Blooms repeatedly
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Burgundy Bronze-Green Smooth-Textured Shiny/Glossy-Textured Leathery-Textured
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is suitable for growing indoors Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings
Seed Collecting: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
On Feb 21, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I never planted it in my flowerbed, it appeared a good many years ago. I grows up a gutter and attaches roots to the gutter and wall that you need a chisel to pry off. The plant itself isn't unattractive but it would take over my flower bed if I didn't rip it up every so often...but it always comes back. Drought tolerant and doesn't freeze...pretty hardy in Central FL.
I just noticed a new patch coming up along a fence line in my backyard in complete shade, so I now have another plant to try to get rid of.
This is a huge pest! It grows up my walls, up my trees and all over my flowerbeds...I can't get rid of it. It spreads by the roots from one side of my house to the other. It comes up litterally everywhere, even in the cracks of the sidewalk. Nice for a basket, but don't EVER let it escape!!!
On Dec 28, 2008, johnpeten from San Andres, Peten Guatemala wrote:
My photos show this vine growing in it's natural habitat, clinging to a large tree in my garden in Guatemala. It flowers during the Winter Months (Nov to Jan) and the red fruit matures by October.Small animals and birds eat the fruit and distribute the seeds. The seedlings are very easy to spot by their arrow shaped leaves. They can be weeded together with the other hundreds of unwanted plants. They do not take over the woods or cause any problems, they share with other epiphytes. In their natural environment they are not invasive but fit nicely into the landscape.
On Jun 8, 2008, mcdannells from Central Oregon, OR wrote:
A positive only if you need a plant to take over a wall or some other spot.
This plant will take over so you have to be careful of it!!
We have this in are bathroom which we want it to take over are ugly wall which it is doing giving a "jungle" look as the person above stated.
This plant is very easy to take cuttings from and I have already given away (well traded) a 8'-10' cutting. Cuttings can be rooted in plain water, soil or just laying there with misting.
The leaves can reach up to a foot in length.
Bugs thus far in the 10 years or so the mr and/or I have had it is spider mites, which did not stay long.
The mr had this plant before giving it to me and he had it outside where it did not like our climate (hence the spider mites!!). I had a mouse take home in this plant burring down inside the large container eating (?) and destroying roots and it still survived after removing the mouse and "fixing" it.
I did notice a couple months back a root shoot had grown into one of my African violets taking up the container it was in. Also noticed it growing in the dark, to the window up and under my birds cage! If the screen was not on the window it would grow outside at this time of the year I am sure of it.
All and all I like this plant where it is at, where we want it. Otherwise be careful......very easy grower!
These are house plants gone wild. It is not very invasive here (south of Houston) in that too many other local/native plants can crowd this one out. In a container, it must be pruned often. Roots easily in just water.
On Feb 22, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
If this exotic is anywhere around you, you don't have to worry about propagating it. It is extremely invasive; it can turn a Florida yard into a jungle very easily.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bartow, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Lutz, Florida Macgregor, Florida Sebring, Florida South Daytona, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Boise, Idaho Bossier City, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Saint James, Missouri Broaddus, Texas Clute, Texas Houston, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Nassau Bay, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Rowlett, Texas San Leanna, Texas