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Ceropegia woodii 'Variegata', the chain-of-hearts vine, is an evergreen succulent pendulous vine with colourful leaves, popular for hanging baskets. the leaves are marked with cream, pink and grey-green, and are very attractive. It is very hardy and tolerant of neglect. It grows to 10 cms high, and spills down to 2 to 4 metres in length. It is frost tender, so is suitable for tropical and sub-tropical climates. It can also be grown in temperate areas in a sheltered, warm spot.
Chain of hearts needs a well drained soil, as standing in water may lead to root rot. It likes a partly shaded position. Deeper shade leads to paler coloured foliage, more light deepend the leaf colour.
Propagation is from tip cuttings, and from division.
Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 0.1 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Soil pH: 6.1-7.5
Root rot in wet conditions
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.