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AESCHYNANTHUS marmoratus

Image of Aeschynanthus marmoratus

James H. Schutte

Family

Gesnariaceae

Botanical Name

AESCHYNANTHUS marmoratus

Plant Common Name

Zebra Basket Vine

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Imagine walking through the humid rainforests of Southeast Asia and encountering a plant with mottled, snake-like leaves dangling above your head in a tree. You eyes may fool you to think the sprawling, dangling stems are indeed a preying critter ready to attack. The zebra basket vine poses no such threat, but will intrigue you with its foliage and tubular flowers. This mounding to semi-trailing tender perennial subshrub is native to Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia. It is epiphytic - growing on another plant such as a tree - but also grows in coarse soil rich in organic matter.

The leathery, pointed oval leaves occur in opposite pairs on the stems. The upper leaf surfaces are light green and speckled with blotches of medium green. Leaf undersides are beige-tan with rusty burgundy spots. Anytime from summer to winter, branch tips bear a cluster of tubular flowers that are pollinated by hummingbirds. Each blossom is greenish yellow that has edges of faint maroon-brown.

An excellent houseplant for a hanging basket, grow zebra basket vine in bright indirect light. With high ambient humidity, it tolerates some direct sun rays. In containers, use a porous, peat and perlite potting mix; outdoors grow it in a moist but well-drained sandy soil enriched with organic matter. It may also be mounted onto a tree in a similar manner as bromeliads and orchids. Zebra basket vine responds well to an evenly moist soil during the heat of summer, but a slightly drier condition in winter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-20" / 15.2cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Green, Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Sienna

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Tan, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Tan, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Tan, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Green, Tan, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds