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Scientific Name: Podranea ricasoliana
Alternative Names: Port St Johns klimop (Afr.)

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Podranea ricasoliana


  • Perennial
  • Port St. John’s creeper is found at the mouth of the Mzimvubu River at Port St John’s, roughly half-way between East London and Durban on the Eastern Cape coast.
  • According to the Red List of South African Plants, Podranea ricasoliana is assessed as Vulnerable (VU).
  • It is a highly localized endemic found in a restricted habitat that is not protected.
  • Although locally common its habitat is at risk of degradation by subsistence farming, wood harvesting, invasive alien plants and fires.
  • Port St. John’s creeper is a hardy, evergreen scrambler, or climber with lush, bright green leaves.
  • It bears masses of gorgeous, large, scented, lilac-pink flowers that are borne in loose clusters on and off throughout the year.
  • The flowers attract insects to the garden.
  • It is tolerant of heat, sun, wind, periods of drought and should survive a winter minimum of -7ºC.
  • Port St. John’s creeper can grow vigorous and to keep it down to shrub size it should be pruned back hard in winter or early spring.
  • Regular pruning will also ensure that it flowers well the following season.
  • If pruned regularly and kept in shape it makes a great container plant.
  • It is a fast-growing plant that is excellent for covering pergolas and carports, or planted against a wall or a fence to create a screen.
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