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Macfadyena unguis-cati - Cat's Claw Creeper

  • Macfadyena Unguis-Cati is a vigorous climbing, evergreen shrub that is native to Central and South America. It is a slow growing plant, eventually reaching up to 2-3m in height once an adult. The reasoning behind the shrubs common name ‘Cat’s Claw Creeper’ is that it has compound leaves that have two leaflets with a clawed like tendril between them resembling a cat’s claw, the plant uses this to cling onto surfaces or bark. During mid-late Summer, yellow trumpet-like flowers are produced followed by showy bean-like, long, flattened fruits in September to November that hang from the tree. It is drought tolerant due to it producing long tubers when young to help it adapt to these conditions.  A very ornamental plant that is suitable for the patio as long as over the winter it is kept frost free.

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