Beautiful species with pendulous, bell-shaped flowers in summer. The flower looks like a velvety dark purple-black tulip.
Family: Asclepiadaceae (Apocynaceae) (Milkweeds family)
Country of Origin: Transvaal, South Africa
Common Name: Black Bells, Star Flower. Maroon Cup Starfish, Rugose Cup Starfish, Carrion Flower.
Etymology: This peculiar plant has been named after Mrs R. Leendertz who found it in 1909 near Heidelberg in the Transvaal.
Beautiful pendulous, bell-shaped flowers in summer.
Description: Habit: Tufted creeping or procumbent plant that trail and hang down over the pot.
Spring: When winter ends and they begin to grow again, they will require much more water and soaking the pots will no longer put the plants at risk for rot. In the spring they will grow well in partial shade and leaving them out in the rain may provide them with the water they need.
Propagation: Easiest with stem cuttings. Allow cuttings to dry a day before planting. Stems must be laid (Not buried) on gritty compost and will then root from the underside of the stems. It can also be increased from seeds sowing in spring in moist, sandy peat moss. Barely cover seeds. Seeds germinate quickly.