PlantsCissus→Rex Begonia Vine (Cissus javana)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Cissus javana Accepted
Cissus discolor Synonym

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Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: 8 feet to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 12 inches to 14 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Upper surface is deep green with silvery-white mottling, reverse side is deep reddish-purple
Fruit: Other: 1/4 inch purplish-black berries
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Pale yellow to greenish yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Jul 30, 2013 1:21 PM

Cissus javana is commonly known as the Rex Begonia Vine because the leaf pattern resembles those of the popular Rex Begonias. The 3 to 5 inch long leaves are an elongated heart shape, green with a silvery pattern and deep burgundy to purple center vein; the reverse side of the leaves is a deep burgundy color. Cissus discolor is a fast growing vine requiring bright light but no direct sun, which will burn the foliage. It prefers moist soil, temperatures in the 75ºF - 80ºF range, and high humidity. Rex Begonia Vine does well in hanging baskets or climbing a trellis or other support.

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