Oxypetalum plants are a genus of climbing plants that may reach about 90 cm (3 feet) in height.
Although they are half hardy perennials, Oxypetalum are often grown as half hardy annuals in the garden.
They carry deep green foliage and bloom in the summer through to autumn with pale blue stellar flowers.
Some common names for Oxypetalum include Southern Star and Star of the Argentine.
Oxypetalum caeruleum by H G M; Creative Commons.
Oxypetalum coerulea - Blue Flowered Milkweed by Hankyhelper. Photographs under creative commons licence.
Common Names: Southern Star, Blue Flowered Milkweed, Star of the Argentine, Tweedia.
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial commonly grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 40 inches (100 cm).
Native: South America.
Growing Region: Zones 2 to 10. As a perennial in zones 9 and 10.
The seeds of Southern star and other Oxypetalum plants should be sown at a depth of 6 mm (1/4 inch) following the last frost of spring.
Southern Star likes to grow in a sunny part of the garden that has good drainage. Ideally the soil should be rich and loamy, but this is not essential.
You can start to grow Southern Star indoors first. Do this about six weeks in advance. The seeds will take about two weeks to germinate at 21 degrees Centigrade (70°F).
Once growing, transplant the young Southern Star seedlings outdoors in mid spring, after the last chance of a frost. They should be spaced from about 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) apart.
It is easy to look after Southern Star and other Oxypetalum species. The young plants should be pinched back to encourage branching.
They are a climbing plant, so supply Oxypetalum with a support to grow upon.
If you require more Oxypetalum plants, then they can be propagated by taking cuttings in the spring time.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Oxypetalum plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Allamanda cathartica, Ficus benjamina, and Vinca minor plants.