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Fockea capensis
Scientific Name: Fockea capensis K. Schum.
Synonym: Fockea crispa, Cynanchum crispum
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Fockea  capensis
Fockea crispa in the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 34F (1C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade, the tuber should stay constantly in the shade

Origin: South Africa (North Cape, Western Cape)

Growth Habits: Semi-deciduous caudiciform vine, tuber up to 2 feet in diameter (60 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer. Rot prone in winter, keep on the dry side.

Propagation: Seeds cuttings

Some authorities regard Fockea capensis as a variety of Fockea edulis. It has crinkly leaves compared to Fockea edulis smooth leaves. Fockea capensis caudex is also much more warty.

Cultural Practices:
In the wild, the caudex (the swollen part of the stem) is partially or totally buried. It tends to grow faster when buried. This plant produces large length of vines, and support has to be provided. The leaves can be deciduous in winter if kept cold and dry. The plant will take regular water and fertilizer in summer. The fockeas attract whiteflies, and some kind of control might be needed.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:

Fockeas are dioecious, so a male plant and a female plant are needed to produce seeds.

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