Plant Name Madhumalati
Plant Size 1 ft.
Pot size 8 inch.
Combretum indicum, also known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, is a vine with red flower clusters and is found in Asia. It is found in many other parts of the world either as a cultivated ornamental or run wild. The Rangoon creeper is a ligneous vine that can reach from 2.5 meters to up to 8 meters
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Tender plants are reddish in color. As they grow, the normal green color appears. In a mature creeper, the stem becomes woody and thorns appear. Once established, it hardly dies. Clusters of fragrant white pendulous trumpets open white then change to pink, red and finally a deep maroon.
This plant needs support for growing and is very useful in covering fences, supports, and walls. Under good growing conditions, it is typically seen with lush and fresh green foliage or cascading branches with numerous axillary and terminal drooping racemose inflorescence that is simply spectacular.
The growth rate is generally fast, and the plant does not make heavy fertilizer demands. Rangoon creeper does like medium to bright light. Under good conditions it will be necessary to prune the plant to keep it in bounds. Rangoon creeper is found in thickets or secondary forests of the Philippines, India and Malaysia. It has since been cultivated widely in the gardens as an easy to grow plant.
The plant requires regular pruning to keep it within control, as well as to encourage more blooms with new branches as flowers appear on new growth.
Ornamental Use: It is an excellent choice to cover the compound wall, pillar, or make virtual partition. As a large woody and shrubby climber it grows profusely over pergolas, trellises, etc. and hence used to cover and decorate garden fences, trellises, arbours and arches in gardens. An ideal landscape vine that can be grown in ground or containers and can be trained as a shrub.
The plant besides being an ornamental plant preferred by gardeners , is a good source of medicines for various ailments:
The plant is mainly used for traditional medicine . Decoction of the root , seed or fruit can be used as anthelmintic to expel parasitic worms or for alleviating diarrhoea . Fruit decoction can also be used for gargling against toothache .