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Araujia sericifera

Cruel plant

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (159150)

Plant details

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.

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Genus: Araujia

Species: sericifera

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 500cm

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