Strophanthus preussii is a climbing plant with unique streamers hanging from the stems, boasting white flowers with robust rust colored throats. It is also called spider tresses or poison arrow flower.
Strophanthus preussii plant hails from forest areas of Africa. It prefers moist areas and flowers in the first part of the dry season, with fruit forming at the end of the dry period. Once the rains arrive, it commences woody and foliar growth, getting nearly 40 feet in length in its native habitat. In cultivation, you can expect it to be significantly shorter. Strophanthus cultivation is not for the novice gardener, as this plant is very particular about its care and situation. Often found along forest edges and inside highly varied timber stands with heavy shade and moist conditions, spider tresses grows as a shrub and is useful as an ornamental container plant in domestic cultivation. It has glossy leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers with unusual drooping streamers.