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Products > Xerosicyos danguyi
Xerosicyos danguyi - Penny Plant

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumbers, Gourds, Watermelon)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Chartreuse
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 10-12 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Xerosicyos danguyi (Penny Plant) - Evergreen climbing and clambering succulent vine that can climb up on other plants, fences or structures 10-15 feet. It has slender cylindrical gray colored stems that branch from the base and are covered with alternately arranged nearly round 1 inch wide leaves that are pea green when they emerge and mature to gray-green and climbs using slender forked tendrils. Small chartreuse colored dioecious flowers (male and female on different plants) can appear in late winter to early spring - they are inconspicuous but an interesting contrast to the leaves when they appear. Plant in full sun to part shade in a fairly well draining soil where it can be grown with very little irrigation but accepts more and will grow more vigorously if watered at least occasionally. It is hardy to around 25F, so useful down to USDA Zone 9b. This is an interesting, tough and tenacious plant that tolerates neglect and grows slowly at first but has a moderate growth rate once established particularly if given occasional irrigation. It can grow along the ground but looks best with some support to hold the branches with the heavy load of leaves held upright, but can also be grown in a pot or hanging basket or even as an indoor house plant. Penny Plant comes from near the town of Toliara in the Atsimo-Andrefana region of southwestern Madagascar, where it grows in subarid bushland forest and dunes. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'xeros' meaning "dry" and 'sicyos' meaning cucumber in reference to this being a dry growing member of the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae). The specific epithet honors the French botanist Paul A. Danguy (1862-1942). Other commons name for it include Silver Dollar Vine or Dollar Vine.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Xerosicyos danguyi.