String of Hearts in bloom!

September 30, 2019

Ceropegia woodii, gets one of its  many common names, String of Hearts, from the heart shaped leaves that grow on its purple trailing stems. Other common names include bushman's pipevine, lantern flower, rosary vine. It is a popular house plant due to its easy care.
In the summer and fall it produces small tubular flowers with a bulbous base and five fused petals at the top. Inside the flower are downward facing hairs that trap insects that are attracted to the scent of the bloom. Eventually the hairs wither and the insect leaves with a packet of pollen grains attached to it, that get transferred to the next flower it visits.  
This plant is native to South Africa and lives in the Succulent House.