Matelea cyclophylla is a deciduous, vining caudiciform from Central America that has beautiful heart-shaped leaves and boasts hypnotizing dark fuzzy flowers. Although this plant is related to the sweet-smelling Hoya, the flowers of Matelea cyclophylla are pollinated by flies and have a strange smell if you get too close.
The plant grows a pale woody caudex, which helps the plant store energy during its dormancy period. All that energy is used to make fast-growing vines with dark leaves. As the days get shorter and the temperature drops during the winter, this plant will go dormant until longer, warmer days in spring.
• Light: Bright, direct light -- a Southern or Western exposure
• Water: Water when soil is dry to the touch. Take care not to overwater. Avoid watering when dormant.
• Considerations: This plant can go outdoors during summer. Keep Matelea dry during its winter dormancy. Resume watering when plant shows new growth. Use well-draining soil when repotting.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You'll get a healthy Matelea cyclophylla that meets our rigorous quality standards in a 2" nursery pot. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.
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Love my little plant. So cute, and growing fast! Will def be ordering more unique plants in the future!