Canarina is found in several countries of Africa but the relict species Canarina canariensis is found only on the Canary Islands. Many of the islands are sunny and dry, but traces of forest remain at higher altitudes. In these Tertiary forests, in the cloud belt, a moist and frost-free zone still exists and it is here that Canarina grows.
The growth springs from fleshy tubers and it is annual in its duration, dying back to these in summer.
Growth can start as early as August, when small pink shoots elongate. These eventually form a 2m plant. This can climb or tumble according to how you grow it - in habitat it scrambles through adjacent plants. Cultivation is best in a large pot in a very humus-rich soil, if you want increase in size and good flowering then do ensure that the plants do not overheat, do not get dry and have ample humidity. In winter ensure freedom from frost but cool, even temperatures. Finally this is not a CITES plant - there is no record of it in the CITES database.
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