Bleeding Heart Vine Facts
- The Bleeding Heart Vine is a unique plant which even gained the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. The species is indeed extremely popular as an ornamental plant due to its incredible beauty.
- The vine requires a specific combination of complex environmental factors to survive. For example, the root system must be partially submerged in water the majority of the time. The plant also requires very direct light.
- The vine is extremely hardy despite the seeming frailty of the flowers. It has even escaped cultivation in some areas and has become naturalized.
Bleeding Heart Vine Physical Characteristics
The beautiful Bleeding Heart Vine is an unusual species of evergreen vine.
Yet it is important that it not be confused with the plant known as the”Bleeding Heart,” which is an entirely different species. It is also a climbing plant which can reach heights of as much as 13 ft (4 m).
The leaves are dark green and oval, averaging 7 in (17 cm) in length. Its most noteworthy feature is the distinctive flowers which occur in bunches of 8-20 and appear on long, thin stalks.
Another distinctive feature is the color pattern: the outer portion ranges in color from stark white to a less common pale purple. However, the inner portion is a brilliant red color which creates a breathtaking contrast.
Species: C. thomsoniae
Bleeding Heart Vine Habitat and Ecology
The gorgeous Bleeding Heart Vine is endemic to a tropical climate, yet adapts well to temperate climates.
The species originates from West Africa where it grows abundantly. It also grows naturally in a range that includes Cameroon and Senegal. The plant also typically occurs naturally in regions of the very dense forest, and also grows rapidly under ideal conditions.
In the tropical heat, it produces copious, though small, fruit. Both the fruit and their seeds are dark black in color.
Also, this beautiful vine was named by the nephew of the renowned botanist, George Thomson.