Famous clove flavored "Betel-leaf" stimulant (for wraped aound a betel nut--Areca catechu) from India also used treating diphtheria in Asia; this National Botanic Gardens clone has trailing habit of P. nigra, but with larger glossy heart shaped leaves on slightly folded petioles--very attractive vine easily grown on the windowsill; very dependable cascading from a hanging basket, happiest clambering up a moss pole as the aerial rootlets cling happily to the moss, or (for the adventurous tropical herbalists out there) cascading from a summer windowbox. We have not as yet observed the famous red fruits this species produces.
|Cultural Code||HP TGH|
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×