Quisqualis Indica is also known as Rangoon Creeper or Chinese Honeysuckle. It is a vine with red cluster flowers, the colours varies from white to pink to red, and is very fragrant. This plant can be found in Philippines, India and Malaysia and is mainly used for traditional medicine. The roots, flowers, leaves, seeds and fruits, can be used to treat various ailments such as diarrhea and rheumatism.
This is a perennial climber plant which needs a wall or fence to climb. I plant this in a pot and place it at my front porch where it gets full sun. This plant needs a lot of water especially when it is very hot, just like today, I need to water it twice. The flowers are really fragrant, almost similar to our local jasmine. When it starts to flower, the whole plant will be full of blooms, like it is blooming now. It is indeed beautiful when this happens! My plant is about 6 ft high but it is not very big. Usually after the flowers faded off, most of the leaves will turn to yellow and will soon drop off too. (Just like autumn, ya??). I will then prune and cut off the dead wilted branches and soon new leaves will grow, followed soon after by another batch of blooms. Anyone of you have this plant? Does this happen to your rangoon creeper? A few of the houses in my neighbourhood grew this plant on the ground, their plant is so much bigger and lush!
This rangoon creeper of mine has faithfully blooms thousands of flowers these past eight years of so. Even though it is not big in size, but it makes its presence known each time it blooms.