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Parachute Plant

Ceropegia sandersonii

Also known as

Umbrella Flower, Fountain Flower

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H3-H1c

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

10cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Parachute Plant Overview

Ceropegia sandersonii is an evergreen, succulent perennial that produces delicate twining stems with heart-shaped leaves and solitary, parachute-shaped flowers at the end of 5cm long funnel-shaped tubes. Commonly known by the names Parachute Plant and Umbrella Flower, amongst others. It has a climbing habit and is frost tender, requiring temperatures above 5 degrees Celsius to thrive. Best grown as an interesting houseplant in frost-prone climates. These are produced in summer and this species is much less common compared to the related species C. woodii, commonly called String of Hearts, which is a highly popular plant, frequently grown as a houseplant across the world. Ceropegia sandersonii originates from Mozambique and South Africa. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Parachute Plant

Can be attacked by scale insects and mealy bugs

How to harvest Parachute Plant

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Parachute Plant

Seed

Sow seed in early spring with temp. at 21-24C

Cuttings

Take stem cuttings and root in sand at a temp. of 22 - 25C

Tubers

Special features of Parachute Plant

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

Place in a spot with bright but filtered light. If grown under glass use a gritty growing medium.

Other uses of Parachute Plant

A low maintenance plant that makes a interesting and quirky addition to houseplant collections. It can be moved outside during Summer months provided temperatures are above 5C