Characteristics of the Queen Wreath Plant (Petrea volubilis) in the Wild

Petrea volubilis
Queen wreath or Sandpaper Vine is a species of flowering vines of the genus Petrea in the family Verbenaceae, native to the West Indies, Mexico, and Panama.

Queen wreath plants can grow like vines and grow quickly. He also has wooden stems and wide beautiful dangling flowers similar to Wisteria or can be called a False Wisteria.

Queen wreath is commonly planted in tropical regions with hot temperatures. This plant likes the USDA zone up to 11 and grows well in nutrient-rich soils which are also slightly damp.

People plant these plants to decorate the fence of the house or yard, although these plants can also be processed into herbal medicines.

 

Characteristics of Queen Wreath Leaf

Petrea volubilis Leaf
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The leaves are elliptic, ovate-elliptic to oblong, asperous, wavy at the edges, 15-20 cm long, 6-10 cm wide, and 1-2 cm long petiole.

 

Characteristics of Queen Wreath Flower

Petrea volubilis Flower
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Queen wreath flowers are purple, star-shaped, clustered between 15-30 flowers per race, and appear in late spring to early summer.

 

Characteristics of Queen Wreath Plants

Petrea volubilis Tree
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In its natural habitat, this plant can grow quickly to climb to a height of 25-30 meters. But in cultivation, it is more often seen as a much smaller plant or trained as a standard-sized ornamental plant.

Queen wreath plants grow well in the USDA Zone 10-11. He likes moist, fertile, well-drained soil and in full sun.

 

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