Strophanthus gratus

If I ever have another tropical garden, Strophanthus gratus (climbing oleander, rose allamanda) will be one of the first plants I buy.

Its flowers are very pretty and smell like roses, or to be exact, Turkish delight; and the glossy leaves are attractive when the plant isn’t in flower. I’ve never seen a pest on either of mine (the plant is poisonous, which may have something to do with it), and they’re doing well in their pots, with one growing as a vine and the other as a rambling bush. I’ve seen pictures of them pruned into tidy little trees — they seem quite malleable!

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