Also known as
Umbrella Flower, Fountain Flower
10 years to reach maturity
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
Sow seed in early spring with temp. at 21-24C
Take stem cuttings and root in sand at a temp. of 22 - 25C
Special features of Parachute 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