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MANDEVILLA

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Felder Rushing

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

MANDEVILLA

Plant Common Name

Mandevilla

General Description

The genus Mandevilla is made up of twining woody vines, and a few herbaceous tender perennials, with large showy flowers. There are around 120 species of this tropical favorite and most are native to Central and South America.

Generally, Mandevilla are evergreen with glossy green leaves, held opposite of each other on stems, which emit milky sap when broken. The fabulous often fragrant flowers are tubular and bell or funnel-shaped with five broad spreading petal lobes. The blooms may occur singly or in clusters and be red, pink or white with white and yellow throats. They bloom when weather is warm and accommodating.

Many cultivars are available. Popular selections include Mandevilla x amabilis ‘Alice du Pont’, which produces an abundance of large, glowing, pink blooms all season. The heavy-blooming, white-flowered Mandevilla boliviensis has shiny leaves, and Mandevilla sanderiana, which originated from the hills above of Rio de Janeiro, offers long-lasting fragrant pink and white flowers.

Culture and hardiness are species dependent; however they usually prefer full sun to partial sun and moist, well-drained soil. They like it warm and are frost sensitive. Where not hardy, they are best grown in containers and can be moved indoors to a bright warm spot to overwinter. Mandevillas climb by twining around structures and may need support, so plant near pergolas, trellises, or fences. They are magnets for mealybugs and aphids, so check often for infestations, particularly when grown indoors.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Pink, Fuchsia

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Evergreen

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No