A plant of beautiful contrasts, Stephania erecta has a gnarled exposed caudex root and delicate circular leaves. The caudex is used as a resevoir for water, keeping the plant hydrated during periods of drought. Seasonally, the Stephania will defoliate and look like a large tuber vegetable.
Stephania do best in filtered sun, 4 to 5 hours a day. Avoid intense afternoon sun by sheltering this plant beneath the limbs of a larger plant or placing it in the shadow of a sheer curtain.
Native to sub-tropical climates that regularly experience dry seasons, Stephania are drought tolerant plants. Water when the soil dries out (fairly often) in the summer and only infrequently during the winter. Their soil should be allowed to dry out entirely before watering thoroughly.
Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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