Ribbon Plant

Homalocladium platycladum

The ribbon plant is an odd member of the rhubarb and buckwheat family. This plant makes small leaves, but they only appear occasionally on the new growth. Its segmented stems are perfectly flat (hence one of its common names being “tapeworm plant”) and are smooth and durable, branching out and weaving their way up eerily to form a tall, bushy mass of ribbons. In bright light the plant produces white flowers and attractive red fruit.

Water: Wet or Dry

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Upright and sprawling shrub that grows 4 to 8' tall with long wands of flat and leafless glossy-green stems that are jointed at nodes, giving the stem the look of a measuring tape

Light: Sun or Shade

Soil: Good drainage

Origin: Pacific Islands

Ribbon Plant