A plant of beautiful contrasts, Stephania venosa 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. The latin name ‘venosa’ was given because this plant’s sap is bright red.
Native to Malaysia.
Stephania venosa does 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 venosa 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.
This plant loves to be rootbound in a pot. Once planted, they will be happy in the same pot for several years. Fertilize: These plants do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength during the grow season.
Small - Caudex Approx. 1"-1.5" tall and 1"-1.5" wide.
Medium - Caudex Approx. 2"-2.5" tall and 2"-2.5" wide. Large - Caudex Approx. 2"-3" tall and 3"-4" wide.
Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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