Moth plant

A tough climber !
Common name : Moth plant
Scientific name : Araujia sericifera
Family : Apocynaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Minimal water
Minimal water
Araujia sericifera - the moth plant, white bladderflower or false choko - is a perennial ornamental plant in the genus Araujia, of the Apocynaceae family. It is a creeping vine that can climb up to 5–7 metres (16–23 ft) high, with opposite, dark green, glossy leaves, almost triangular with entire margins and chalice-shaped flowers with five white, creamish, violet or pale pink petals. Native to South America, the plant was introduced to Europe and other areas as an ornamental plant but it is now considered a noxious weed. It grows in sunny or partially shady places, in wastelands with trees and hedges, in forests and in rocky places or cliffs.

Sowing & planting



Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 200 - 500
pH 6 - 8

Plant my moth plant

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my moth plant

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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