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Cyphostemma juttae


Cyphostemma juttae

Family: Vitaceae

Common names: Wild grape, Tree grape, Namibian grape, Droog-my-keel.

The tree grape is a slow-growing succulent with a huge swollen trunk (caudiciform). Cyphostemma juttae is a very sought-after plant for the garden. They make superb container or open garden subjects in and around the garden, especially around swimming pools and courtyards. Because this species grows mainly in the summer, plants must be kept dry during the colder winter months. They are ideal accent plants for a rockery, or may be planted in a large container on a sunny protected patio. The presence of white, drooping, papery pieces of bark on the yellow green stems is very typical of this species. In summer this helps to reflect away the sunlight in order to keep the plant cool. The thick, fleshy stem and leaves act as water reservoirs in times of drought. A fully grown plant can measure up to 2m. Leaves are large, shiny, ovate, fleshy and toothed and fall off during the winter months. Flowers are inconspicuous, but the large grape-like bunches of bright wine-colored berries near the end of summer make this succulent a true showpiece for container and garden alike.

Sowing: The seeds of Cyphostemma juttae can be sown in winter or summer. Although they take a considerable time to germinate (sometimes more than a year), success is almost guaranteed.

Locality: Ex Hort. Harvest: February 2024


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