More Late Flowers: Two Green Flowered Climbers In The Greenhouse

Both these plants are caudiciform climbers which are grown for their curious form rather than their inconspicuous flowers.

Testudinaria elephantipes is a fairly rampant relative of the yam with an above ground caudex which gets huge if planted in a border or very large tub – unfortunately space restraints mean mine are not potted on regularly enough – something I want to address next year now that I have rearranged the greenhouses.

Fockea edulis is a member of the milkweed family and surprisingly hardy (I keep mine at a minimum of 40/45 degrees Fahrenheit).

I grew both of them from seed in the Eighties and early Nineties although the Testudinaria does seed itself.

Testudinaria elephantipes

Testudinaria elephantipes

Fockea edulis