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Baby Hawaiian Woodrose
B and T World Seeds' reference: 365
Argyreia nervosa, Baby Hawaiian Woodrose has become panTropical.
Common Names: Baby Hawaiian Woodrose, Baby Woodrose, Cordon Seda, Coup D'Air, Elephant Creeper, Liane A Minguet, Liane D'Argent, Samudrasokh, Silver Morning Glory, Woolly Morning Glory.
Synonyms: Argyreia speciosa, Convolvulus nervosus, Convolvulus speciosus.
Flower: clusters of trumpets, 5cm (about 2 inches) violet/lavender inside with a deeper coloured throat, white with fine hairs outside.
Fruit: "Woodrose"; globular berry, 1 to 2cm diameter, with rosette of "wooden" petals. Often sold for dried flower arrangements/pot-pourri.
Foliage: 15 to 40cm long cordate (heart-shaped) prominently nerved leaves, felted (tomentose) beneath with minute silky hairs.
Height: vine to 10m.
Form: perennial climber.
Uses: Psychotropic, an Ayurvedic medicinal plant, ornamental (dried flower arrangements).
Minimum Temperature: USDA zone: 9 (-6,50 to -1,00 Centigrade).
Cultivation: Very easy !
Just soak the seeds in water overnight, then keep them warm on a moist paper towel until the roots start to poke out.
When you can see a little white root starting to push out from one end of a seed sow the seed into a water retaining but free draining growing mix - about an inch (2 cm) or slightly more below the surface with the little root pointing upwards !
Within a few days the first 2 leaves will pull themselves out of the ground.
Grow the plants on in a free-draining, but water retentive growing mix (rocky or sandy, with some organic material).
Hawaiian Baby Wood-rose vines detest standing in water.
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Argyreia nervosa is included in the following B & T World Seeds' sub-lists:
19: "Everlasting" and Dried Flower Seeds, Australian and Other
31: House and Container Plant and Seed List
34: Oriental Herb and Vegetable Seed List
36: Herb Seed List - Culinary, Medicinal, Dye, and Aromatic
39: Climbing Plant Seeds, and some Plants
70: Hawaiian Native and Introduced Plants
163: Entheogens Sacred and Psychotropic Species
182: Reunion Island Natives and Introductions
191: Tropical Shrubs and Trees
192: Tropical Commercial Selection, Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers