Mandevilla is an annual, tropical vine that is also sometimes grown as a houseplant. It gets 2 to 3 inch flowers in bright pink, red, or white.
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.
The opposite leaves can vary from hybrid to hybrid. On some, they are large, up to 6 inches, and shiny, bright green, while on others they are much smaller, 2 to 3 inches, and darker green.
Flowers are funnel-shaped. Colors may be pink, red, or white, depending on the hybrid.
The fruits are thin follicles and not ornamentally important.
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 deep, rich tones.
Velvet series (Mandevilla ‘Red Velvet’, ‘White Velvet’, ‘Pink Velvet’, ‘Scarlet Velvet’):
Vigorous plants with large flowers of 3 to 4 inches across. Flower color varies by cultivar.