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The Acokanthera spectabilis is also known as the African wintersweet or the poison arrow plant. It is a beautiful evergreen shrub with fragrant white flowers. The plant can grow up to a maximum height of 6 metres or 20 feet. The plant is widely grown because of its medicinal features.

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Buy Acokanthera spectabilis (African winter-sweet) + Basic care, Size, Lighting, Fertilization, Soil, Watering and Benefits. Info

The Acokanthera spectabilis is famously known as the African wintersweet or the poison arrow plant. It hails from the Apocynaceae family, the distinct plant family which consists of evergreen plants.

The Acokanthera spectabilis is a native of Mozambique and South Africa.

The plant produces attractive white flowers with brightly coloured pink corolla. Therefore, it is widely grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.

BASIC CARE

The Acokanthera spectabilis is basically a low maintenance plant which grows well the basic care is provided.

The poison arrow plant grows well in dry forests and coastal thickets.

SIZE

The poison arrow plant can grow up to a maximum height of 6 metres or 20 feet.

LIGHTING

For proper growth, the poison arrow plant should be exposed to full sun or direct sunlight.

The plant is considered to grow well when it is placed in a garden or balcony that receives partial shade.

WATERING

The red arrow plant prefers moderate watering.

The plant cannot tolerate droughts, heat and consistent lack of water.

It requires steady, year-round supply of water.

Proper gaps must be maintained between subsequent watering.

FERTILIZERS

When the poison arrow plant is newly established or is in the growing phase, the plant can be supplied with a balanced liquid fertiliser having equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

SOIL

The poison arrow plant is adaptable to all types of soil.

It grows well in all type of garden soil. The pH of the soil can be acidic, neutral or alkaline.

PRUNING

The plant should be carefully pruned occasionally to maintain its proper shape.

The spent flowering shoots and yellowing foliages should be removed during pruning.

The pruning of the plant enables vigorous growth.

BENEFITS

The poison arrow plant is used as an ornamental plant because of its attractive white flowers with brightly coloured pink corolla and lush green leaves.

It is also used as a local treatment of snake bites, itches and internal worms.




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