Curculigo capitulata Palm grass
Homalomena: asthma and lung cancer herb
'mountain turtle' Stephania
'quit smoking' herb
Thladiantha spec. Mountain Buffalo
unusual dry decoration plants
A new landscape architecture and interior design plant.
turtle' the local people in Xishuangbanna call this succulent tuber
as its tree like bark resembles the structure of a turtle shell.
cute "turtle" will grow a wonderful vine that will stretch
through tree tops and cover houses with beautiful heart shaped leaves.
Of course, also the "turtle" will grow as you can see in the
Stephania can reach treelike age and needs to be given a rest during
winters: simply put it in a dark corner of your home and forget it until
spring time when the vine will regrow from the tuber. If you live a
bit further South where you may have reasonably short periods of frost,
you can leave the turtle in your garden.
a warm and sunny home, the "rock plant" will not hibernate
and continues its growth on a lighted windows, in a lobby, or in a winter
garden. Hence, it is an ideal indoor plant for interior design of entrance
halls in hotels, exhibition and art centers, interior stone and rock
garden, and garden design in countries without strong frost periods.
we are shipping tubers during
the plant's winter hibernation stage,
Some people in old Chinese gardens like to keep the plant in a special
ceramic pot and treat it like a bonsay tree.
In Chinese medicine the dried tuber is used to make a tea to cure all
sorts of stomach problems.
after 2 years Stephania reaches this size:
and this is the garden rock's size after about 50 years:
these giant "stones" have reached about 100 years.
Leaves of Stephania used in tropical garden landscaping to gently cover
a pile of stones. The plant, as one of the "stones", can hardly
be distinguished from the rocks.
Stephania seeds are available
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of the medicinal species make very interesting garden and indoor plants.
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