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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Periploca (Greek, around, and to twine; alluding to the twining habit). Asclepiadaceae. Ornamental vines grown for the handsome glossy foliage and the fragrant flowers appearing in summer.

Twining or upright deciduous or evergreen shrubs, glabrous, with milky juice: lvs. opposite, entire, without stipules: fls. in axillary or terminal cymes; calyx 5- lobed; corolla 5-parted, bearing inside at the base a 5- or 10-lobed crown; stamens 5. with very short filaments and with the anthers connected at the apex and villous; style short, with broad stigma: fr. consisting of 2 follicles, containing numerous, small, winged seeds.— About 12 species from S. Eu. to Trop. Afr., China and E. India.

The periplocas in cultivation have dark green and glossy leaves and dull-colored fragrant flowers followed by long and slender pods. P. sepium has proved perfectly hardy as far north as Massachusetts and P. graeca is hardy north to New York, and can be grown even in Canada when trailing on the ground and somewhat protected during the winter. They thrive in any well- drained soil and prefer sunny positions; they are well suited for covering arbors, trelliswork and trunks of trees. Propagation is by seeds or by greenwood cuttings in summer under glass; also by layers. CH

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