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The curtain creeper bears many names. Some of which are Parda bel and Vernonia. The plant is a member of the Sunflower family. It is a creeper and finds it difficult to grow without any support. Its slender stems provide a beautiful appearance when grown over walls or railings.
The Curtain creeper is also known as vernonia creeper or parda bel plant.
The plant has tender stems which appear as if it is hanging from a curtain.
The plant can produce yellow, orange, white or red flowers in bunches during the months of February and March.
The plant is considered to be a native of Burma but it is widely grown in India.
The Parda bel is a creeper that is fairly easy to maintain.
In order to prevent scarring, the plant should be always protected from frost.
A maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius must be maintained for the good growth of the plant.
The curtain creeper can grow to a maximum height of 5 feet. The minimum height of the plant is 1 feet.
The Curtain creeper can grows well in well-drained and moderately fertile soil.
The plant cannot tolerate wet soil. Wet soil, especially during the winter months, can prove especially harmful to the plant.
The light requirement of the Curtain creeper is quite high.
Best results are seen in the exposure of full sun but the plant can also survive under partial shade in the gardens.
The Curtain creeper has minimum water requirements.
The plant has to be regularly during the growing season. It should be always kept in mind not to keep the soil moist, especially during winter.
Water-logging should be avoided as it leads to root rot.
The soil should be allowed to dry between subsequent watering.
Any organic fertilizer can be applied to the plant in order to aid growth.
The Curtain creeper is considered as an excellent choice for both fresh cut and dried flowers.
The dwarf varieties of the plant can be can be grown in rock gardens for edging or as container plants.
The plant can also be grown from hanging baskets to decorate homes, hotels and offices.