Rhoicissus Rhomboidea (Grape Ivy)
(Vitaceae) origin: S. Africa (Natal)
An easy, bushy, and vigorous climber, which grows best up a trellis or framework of strings. Produces a cluster of climbing stems from which spring the leaf stalks, each with three leaflets on individual stalks. The deep green leaves are nearly rhomboidal in shape, with toothed edges, and are about 2-1/2 to 3 in. long and 2 in. wide. The growing tips are covered by a fine silvery down, which becomes brown a little lower down before disappearing. An ideal plant for cool, shady positions in summer, although it prefers some warmth in winter. The leaves will turn pale or yellow in strong light. Keep the soil just moist, but take care not to over-water in winter. Pinching out the growing tips will make the plant bushy and improve its shape. Benefits from regular feeding during summer.