Stephania pierrei ‘Erecta’

binh voi

From £59.95

The Stephania pierrei is one of the quirkiest house plants out there and its fame is mainly due to the recent years events.


Origin: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
Genus: Stephania
Species / Cultivar: pierrei
Common Name: binh voi
Synonym: Stephania erecta

Plant Biography

With houseplants getting the centre stage during the pandemic, new and unusual plants were brought into the limelight.

Originating in the dense tropical forests of Vietnam and Thailand, the Stephania pierrei is a vine growing along trees and climbs onto their trunks.

In Vietnam the potatoe like caudex is harvested for its use in traditional medicine to alleviate body aches and pains as well as relieve digestion problems.

Stephania pierrei 'Erecta'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15 - 28°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

As much as possible try to mimic the natural environment of the plant when choosing a spot for it.

A nice dappled light, high humidity room, it makes it the perfect plant for a bathroom, a vivarium or a humid conservatory.

Feed with a balanced fertiliser diluted to half strength every two months. Avoid watering the caudex.

The leaves of the Stephania pierrei are toxic to cats and dogs. If you know your beloved pet loves to munch on leaves, try to keep this one isolated.

Expert Tip

To avoid pets from munching on the leaves a great idea is to place the plant in a vivarium or under a glass dome.