Dischidia pectenoids, commonly known as 'Snaily' or Ant Plant, is so cooll! These less common cousins of Hoyas are very easy to grow and offer an unusual touch to any houseplant collection.
Dischidia plants belong in the milkweed family. Broken stems ooze milky latex sap and the plant often grows aerial roots.
Most of the leaves on Dischidia pectinoides are small leaves around 3/4 of an inch long by 3/8 on an inch wide, but on occasion they develop these monster ‘Ant Leaves’. This Dischidia has developed a symbiotic relationship with with ants becoming an evolutionary marvel. In nature the ants will colonize these giant leaves that form hollow spheres which are inhabited by ants. In turn the waste products from the ants fertilize the plant. These clam-shaped, special leaves can be 3.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide and 2 inches thick which can provide generations of ants with a completely waterproof home.
**Prefers to grow in sphagnum moss with some bark mixed in**
These pots are filled with rooted cuttings.
*Detailed information is from VermontHoyas.com - they offer a wealth of useful information!
Light: Medium to bright indirect light
Water: Loves humidity but allow the substrate to dry out between waterings.
Pets: Non-toxic, pet friendly!