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This is an interesting and ornamental vigorous evergreen climber producing racemes of white, delicately scented, salver-shaped flowers. These are followed by large, pear-shaped pods which eventually burst to reveal a mass of silky, gossamer threads. The common name, Cruel plant, is derived from it's sticky pollen which traps visiting moths on their nocturnal nectar visits. The plant is emphatically not insectivorous and the moth is usually released the following morning.
Plant type: Evergreen climber
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Lovely plant, lots of flowers and nice scent. I have had one in the greenhouse and a couple outside - growing up a drainpipe - for about 5 years. Hardy in the Midlands. I just chop it down to about 1m in sopring.
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