|Cissus rhombifolia 'Ellen Danica'|
|Cissus striata- miniature grape ivy.|
|Cissus rambling through a Euphorbia grandicornis.|
|Rex begonia vine leaves.|
On to my favorite member of the family, Cissus discolor, or Rex Begonia Vine. The common name is very apropos for this plant. The leaves really do resemble those of the beautiful rex begonias. It is one of the most beautiful houseplants, in my opinion. The red stems and tendrils add to the beauty of this plant. The new growth is also a darker burgundy than the older leaves.
The top picture is of my plant at home. The next three pictures are of a plant at my friend's house. She has it growing on the patio in the shade, yet it does get some morning sun. I love how she has let it wind around her Euphorbia grandicoris, or Cow's Horn Euphorbia. Of course, untangling it later might be a problem. Notice how much more colorful the foliage is outside. As long as it isn't in too much sun, it will enjoy being outside for the summer. In this situation it is being used as the "spiller" in a container. This variety is also a high humidity lover, so a spot in a conservatory, kitchen, or bathroom would be best for it.
The bottom pictures were taken in the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago. Notice how high the vine has grown on the pillar in the conservatory.
All these family members are great for hanging baskets or for growing on a trellis. Propagate these beautiful plants and use them for "spillers" in your shady containers next year.
|Cissus discolor in the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago.|
|Notice the red tendrils and burgundy new growth.|
|Leaves up close in my greenhouse.|