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Mandevilla is an annual, tropical vine that is also sometimes grown as a houseplant.

  • Family (English) Dogbane
  • Family (botanic) Apocynaceae
  • Tree or plant type Vine
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Season of interest early fall, early summer, late summer, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Pink, Red, White
  • Growth rate Fast

Size and Method of Climbing:

Mandevilla can grow up to 10 feet in a season.   Mandevilla is a twining vine. Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Native geographic location and habitat:

This plant is native to tropical America.

Leaf description:

The opposite leaves can vary from hybrid to hybrid. On some, they are large (6 inches) and shiny, bright green, while on others they are much smaller (2 to 3 inches) and darker green.

Flower description:

Flowers are funnel-shaped. Colors may be pink, red, or white, depending on the hybrid.

Fruit description:

The fruits are thin follicles and not ornamentally important.

Plant care:

Grows best in full sun with moist, well-drained soils. Mandevilla is not a strong climber and may need to be trained more than other vines.

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:

Aphids and whitefly are common insect pests.

Alice Dupont mandevilla (Mandevilla x amabilis ‘Alice Dupont’):

Light pink flowers with dark pink throats.

Cotton Candy mandevilla (Mandevilla x amabilis ‘Cotton Candy’): 

Soft pink flowers.

Red Riding Hood mandevilla (Mandevilla sanderi ‘Red Riding Hood’):

Rosy pink flowers with yellow throats.

Sun Parasol® series (Mandevilla Sun Parasol® series): 

Several cutivars with a range of flower colors.  Plants are long-blooming and produce well.  Flower colors are rich.

Velvet series (Mandevilla  ‘Red Velvet’, ‘White Velvet’, ‘Pink Velvet’, ‘Scarlet Velvet’): 

Vigorous plants with large flowers (3 to 4 inches across).  Flower color varies by cultivar.


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