"Tapeworm Plant" if you are a kid or of the male persuasion; the lovely "Ribbon Plant" if you wish to put a more delicate feminine spin on this most popular of tropical oddities. Glossy flat-jointed stems with tiny arrow leaves and weird waxy green flowers swelling from the fat sepals, then black berries; Remarkable Solomon Islands native of easy house culture. Most popular for outdoor containers as well because the very distinctive flat stems make any urn look like a post-modern floral arangement! ...and absolutely imperative as the rooster's tail in a moss topiary. Sometimes listed as the genus Muhlenbeckia, another group of Polygonum kin with weird waxy fruit.
|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.×