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Argyreia nervosa

Elephant Creeper

Even though native to India, this vine is widely known as Hawaiian Baby Woodrose. It is a vigorous, easy to grow ornamental with large leaves and big, purple flowers. The seeds contain ergine, a psychoactive substance related to LSD, and some countries ban their sale or import. The roots and leaves are widely used in traditional medicine.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I bought 10 seeds through rarepalmseeds. com. I soaked tham over night in warm water. I nicked the seeds just under the eye. and soaked them for further two hours. I planted them in a mix of 50/50 compost and perlite. just burried at 1 cm deep. in a peat pot in order not to disturb the roots when they germinate. watered the plants until the medium was moist. kept all the pots in a plastic box to keep the humidity fixed. put the box in the garage day temperature 37, night 30. 7 seeds germinated in 3 days, whilst i am waiting for the other three. I removed the box lid and brought the germinted ones into more light, however not full sun! i mist them as necessary to keep the soil moist.
Submitted on 05/10/2011 by A.Qader Jaffer

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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