The 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.
|Flower||Yellow - Mid to Late Summer|
|Fruit||Bean-like flattened fruits|
|Position||Full sun, partial shade|
|Soil type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Peat, Sand / Neutral|
|Rate of growth||Slow|
|Height and spread||2-3m|
|Origin||Central and South America|
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