Some plants display so amusing and spectacular view with their unique and exceptional flowers when bloom. Jade Vine is one of such plants having extra ordinary look for its pale purple and blue color flowers that can gain the length up to 3 meters. Jade Vine is a native to the tropical lands of Philippines and it belongs to the genus Strongylodon and the family Fabaceae and its biological name is Strongylodon macrobotrys.
The rare plant of Jade Vine can be a real treat to view when fully grown. In ideal situation, the Jade Vine reach a height of more than 20 meters. The jade vine originates from the tropical rain-forests of the Philippines, a scattered group of 7100 islands in tropical Asia. As such it is not frost-tolerant, and will need a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F). they do not have a rest period over winter. Because of its potentially large size it needs to be grown over a substantial support such as a sturdy pergola, this also helps to display the spectacular cascading flower trusses which areproduced generously once the vine is mature. This can be 2 years or more, depending on pruning regime.They prefer to be grown in full sun and and in a slightly acidic soil. A rich, peat-based potting soil with excellent drainage is will give the best results.The drainage is very important as the jade vine requires copious amounts of water all year round. Lack of water will cause leaf-browning and slow and stunted growth.
Jade Vine is considered as an endangered species due to the rapid destruction of its natural habitat. Would you believe that this phenomenal plant is pollinated by a species of bat which hangs upside down on the inflorescence to gorge themselves on the vast quantities of nectar available.. These bats were once found in abundance in the native terraces of Philippines. Unfortunately a massive deforestation has occurred in the recent decade and the number of the natural pollinators of Jade Vine are dangerously decreased.