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Adenia spinosa
Scientific Name: Adenia spinosa Burtt Davy
Family: Passifloraceae
Adenia  spinosa Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11

Frost Tolerance: Keep above 45F (7C) at any time, keep at or above 60F in winter (15C)

Heat Tolerance: Excellent

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Southern Africa, Mpumalanga to Zimbabwe

Growth Habits: Deciduous spiny caudiciform shrub, 20 inches tall (50 cm), up to 8 feet in diameter (2.4 m) with a tuber able to reach over 6 feet (1.8 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water when in leaf, keep rather dry in winter

Propagation: Seeds (cuttings are possible, but don't generally produce a caudex)

The leaf axils are thorny.

Adenia  spinosa

Cultural Practices:
The caudex should be in the shade, while the leaves prefer the sun. They do better in a rather acidic soil.

Blooming Habits:
The cream flowers, produced in spring, are inconspicuous, and male and female are borne on different plants (Adenia is dioecious).

Fruiting Habits:

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