Mandevilla splendens

Common Name – Mandevilla splendens

Plant Identification

Genus: Mandevilla
Family: Apocynaceae
Species: Mandevilla splendens
Plant type: An evergeen vine belonging to the Mandevilla genus and native to Brazil
Note: Native to southeastern Brazil, Mandevilla splendens is an ornamental vine enjoyed as a garden plant in mild climate areas around the world. Mandevilla splendens is an evergreen creeper which climbs by twining and can grow to 3 meters high. It has wide green leaves of elliptical or rectangular shape which grow to 20 cm long. The flowers are pink or white with yellow centres, and it flowers from late spring to early summer.

Plant Images

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Mandevilla Splenens

Mandevilla Splenens

Mandevilla Splenens

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: The flowers are pink or white with yellow centres
Colour: White or pink
Flowering time: Mandevilla blooms heaviest in summer and sporadically throughout the rest of the year.
Flower size: 10cm wide
Fragrance: Negligible
Height: Mandevillas fuzzy stems will twine around supports eventually reaching a height of up to 3 m.
Foliage description: dark green, up to 20 cm in length and 8-10 cm wide.
Foliage colour: dark green, glossy leaves

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Full sun for best flowering but will tolerate part shade. Midday shade is appreciated by plants growing in very hot climates.
Watering: Likes adequate watering but can tolerate short periods of drought.
Soil requirements: Likes a well drained soil.
Fertilisation: Apply liquid fertilizer periodically during summer and you will be rewarded with ongoing beautiful blossoms.
Pruning: Pinch off tips of new stems to induce dense growth. In early spring before growth begins, prune by removing old, crowded stems and shortening others. Even if pruned almost to the ground, Mandevilla will bloom again in the same summer on the new shoots.

Other Information

Insects: Pest free (in my limited experience)
Diseases: According to Floridata it is relatively disease free.
Propogation: Cuttings taken in summer will root within a few weeks.
Other notes:

References: Floridata. Wikipedia and various books I’ve read.

My Experience: I have found these plants super easy to grow and they reward me with non-stop flowers, even in winter when nothing much else is flowering. I have them in a pot and also now growing as creepers in a full sun position. It doesn’t get easier than this! Even when I forget to water them they just keep on flowering and growing. Highly recommended if you are new to gardening and want some instant gratification.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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