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Garlic Creeper, Mansoa Alliacea – Plant
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The Garlic vine, also called Mansoa Alliacea, is a woody, flowering climber that is often featured in tropical garden books. Garlic Vine is one of the most rewarding, flowering vines that you can grow. Interestingly, it is not related to the common edible onion or garlic at all. The best location for the garlic vine is where it can get direct sunlight all day long. It is only practical to grow the garlic vine in outdoor gardens with a trellis because of its large size. It is a vine with a moderate growth rate so it will never become an unruly resident in the garden. It’s pretty continuous flowers make it a popular ornamental plant in gardens. Flowering twice a year you will find it quite often covered with flowers. You will see 3 different colors of flowers at the same time on the plant. Flowers start off purple with white throat and change to a lighter shade of lavender with age. Eventually fading to almost white. The roots, stems and leaves of Garlic Vine are used medicinally to reduce fevers, treat colds, throat, respiratory ailments, arthritic and rheumatic pain. Garlic vine is also effective as a mosquito repellent.
Instructions for planting:
- Mansoa alliacea is a vine with a moderate growth rate.
- It can be grown in containers and should be trimmed after the flowers are gone.
- It is best to grow it in well-drained soil.
- Keep it well-watered so that plants do not shed its lower leaves.
- The plant is a climbing vine that turns woody and heavy over time.
- It is recommended to grow it on a strong timber trellis where it can receive direct sunshine for most of the day.
- Mansoa alliacea can be propagated from cuttings.
- Semi-hardwood cuttings can be taken for propagation.
- To start the rooting process, each stem should have at least 3-4 nodes which can be stuck into a mixture of sand and compost.
- Watering should be regular and thorough.
- Water twice a day during the hot dry season.
- This vine grows moderately fast so prune heavily after flowering.
- The garlic vine likes and needs full sun for it to flower.
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