Podranea ricasolian (Port St. John's Creeper) in Arizona

Podranea ricasolian: How much direct sun or shade? During summer we have direct sunlight & around 110 degrees, average here in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Hi Karl,

Thank you for contacting us. You are making us New Yorkers very jealous at the thought of growing this beautiful plant.

This should be a good plant for a sunny spot in Scottsdale, in highly fertile soil that is also fast-draining. It is native to South Africa and adapted to strong sun, though it will tolerate some dappled sunlight. In the summer heat it will need regular, deep irrigation and its vigor will be improved by early summer application of well rotted compost.

Your USDA zone in Scottsdale is 9a or 9b, which is just on the edge of its hardiness range. You should protect a young plant from near frost during its first winter by providing insulation if the temperature dips. During a colder winter, you may find the plant becomes deciduous in your location, but it should spring back to healthy growth in the spring as long as temperatures stay safely above 20ºF.

Let us know if we can offer additional help.

Best regards,




  • Last Updated Nov 10, 2020
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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